29 July, 2008

From Russia with Love!

Festival director Jonathan Mills recently returned from Russia where he saw the Russian premiere of the Polish opera Król Roger.

Jonathan was invited to St.Petersburg as a guest of the Mariinsky Opera to officially launch the EIF 08 programme.
Along with the great Russian conductor and opera director Valery Gergiev the EIF director held a joint press conference for the Russian media.
It was touch and go back at the EIF press office with flight delays threatening to intervene, but after a frantic taxi dash Jonathan arrived to greet the Russian press right on time. The press conference created a real buzz with hoards of journalists and TV crews packed into the room.

Jonathan was joined by EIF media relations manager Susie Burnet and some Scottish journalists. The resounding verdict: the opera is a bonafide hit! Things are looking very good for this production’s EIF premiere.

The Mariinsky Opera will appear at EIF under the direction of Gergiev in Król Roger, the rare Rachmaninov opera Aleko, Semyon Kotko (Act3) and The Enchanted Wanderer. Valery Gergiev is also conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in Prokofiev’s The 7 Symphonies.

Alan Morrison of the Sunday Herald joined Jonathan on the trip. To read his report click here.
Król Roger is supported by The EIF Patrons and Muses, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

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