With Pushkin at the background


With Pushkin at the background...

Every year on the 6th of June in Pushkin square of Moscow a holiday devoted to birthday of the great Russian poet takes place.This year, according to a proposal of the Committee of Culture of Moscow, "Helikon-Opera" participated in the concert program of the Pushkin's day of Russia.

Holiday began with the procession, organised by the choir of "Helikon-Opera", dressed in costumes of Pushkin times (work of designer Tatiana Tulubieva to "Eugene Onegin" performance) and with accompanement by a brass band, walking from the building of the theatre on Bolshaya Nikitskaya street to the monument of Pushkin. Walking public was happy to see the cavaliers in white tail-coats and cylinders, walking along the Tverskoy boulevard and inviting everyone to take part in the holiday. Tverskaya street was closed for transport and "Helikon-Opera" artists walked straight to the monument of the great poet.

Our soloists Alexey Dedov and Maria Maksakova, who looked very much alike Alexander Sergeyevich and Natalia Nikolayevna, Pushkin's wife, were the presenters. The holiday began with the performance of the Moscow State University academic choir. Then the solemn part started. Eugene Bogatyrev, director of the State Museum named after Pushkin told the public, that there is the decision of the new museum of Pushkin epoch in Moscow – in the house of poet's uncle Vassily L'vovich in Staraya Basmannaya. Poets Andrew Dementiev and Yuri Kublanovksi read their dedications to Pushkin.

Then the concert of the "Helikon-Opera" artists began (director - Natalia Dychenko).  The fragments of operas to Pushkin's subjects – "Ruslan and Ludmila" by M. Glinka, "Eugene Onegin" and "The Queen of Spades" by P. Tchaikovski, "Boris Godunov" by M. Musorgkskiy. The conditions were extremal – the temperature of the air suddenly lowered, the wind blew and the rain began to drizzle. The orchestra under the leadership of Vladimir Ponkin stood firm, but even the umbrellas carefully raised by our stewards above the reading stands couldn't help. The situation was saved by Vladimir Rodionov, who played the program until the very end. We need to note that the soloists sang very enthusiastically that day. Either it was the closeness of the monument, or the hot reception by the public who didn't leave the square despite the rain and cold. In the end of the event "Helikon-Opera" brought the flowers to Pushkin, who undoubtedly liked the concert.

Fancy dress procession

Helikon people invite the public to the holiday

And, of course, everybody is hurrying to Pushkin square


Along the boulevard with the orchestra

The crowd already gathered near Pushkin's monument



Who else, except Helikon people could boast that he crossed Tverskaya during the rush-hour

Artistic Director of "Helikon-Opera"



Presenters of the holiday Alexey Dedov and Maria Maksakova


Solemn imposition of flowers

Polonaise performed by artists of the choir of "Helikon-Opera"

Marina Kalinina and Julia Korpacheva - two Tatianas

Hermann's arioso from "The Queen of Spades" by P. Tchaikovski. Performers are Honoured Artist of Russia Vadim Zaplechny and Nikolay Dorozhkin

Irina Samoilova and Vadim Zaplechny

Honoured Artist of Russia Marina Andreyeva and Nikolay Dorozhkin

Anna Grechishkina performs Ludmila's cavatina from "Ruslan and Ludmila" by M. Glinka




"...full of great thoughts he stood". Artist of the choir Alexey Elizarov









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