Rock opera Jesus Christ – superstar “Jesus Christ – Superstar” – one of the most famous and greatest rock operas in the world, with a rather long history, which has become a masterpiece and legend in the world of music.
Rock opera became the first musical of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice on the professional stage. And perhaps no other rock opera has undergone so many changes.
“Jesus Christ is a superstar” – the story of the creation of a rock opera
The musical originally came out in the form of an album in 1970, where Ian Gillan, the vocalist of the so-called “golden line-up” Deep Purple, played the lead role. The “live” concert in July 1971 was so successful that it was decided to record and release a record, which was subsequently sold in millions of copies. Until now, the young composer Andrew Lloyd Webber almost immediately became a celebrity. On October 12, 1971, the premiere of the expanded stage version of the rock opera Jesus Christ the Superstar took place on Broadway. Young authors were shocked by the success of the production. Already in August 1972, the show opened in London. Continue reading
The musical Notre-Dame de Paris is, above all, a spectacle. And this is fifty songs about love, amazing voices, melodic music that combines French chanson and gypsy motifs. Notre Dame captures from the first second. From the first second until the curtain. Now it’s hard to find a person who wouldn’t hear about the musical or listen to the musical itself, if not all, then at least passages, possibly without even realizing that it was Notre Dame de Paris. It is safe to say that this musical is the most recognized and best known in the whole world. And the leading performers won worldwide acclaim.
The fame of the musical spread well before the premiere on September 16, 1998 in Paris. The official premiere was preceded by a CD with the songs of the musical, which made a splash, having won the heights of various charts in many countries. The most famous song of the musical “Belle” became an independent world hit and received several music awards. Of course, after such success of the released album, the premiere was waited impatiently, and not in vain. The musical was a huge success and even got into the Guinness Book of Records, as the most visited in its first year on stage. Continue reading
Most people consider the Swan Lake by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky to be the most Russian ballet. ” It is Swan that is the symbol of Russian ballet.
Hundreds of beautiful ballerinas created images of Odette and Odile, and dozens of choreographers created their own versions of this immortal performance.
Now it’s not even possible to imagine, but the premiere of Swan Lake at the Bolshoi in 1877 was more than modest. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky never found out about the future triumphs of his ballet.
Ballet is not an art
In the mid-19th century, serious musicians looked down on ballet, considering it to be second-class art, a relative of melodrama and vaudeville. However, the professor of the conservatory, composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky – the famous author of operas, symphonies, instrumental music and romances – regularly attended ballet performances and even knew the technique of dance. Continue reading
Among the outstanding conductors there is a man who is called the pride of the world performing art – this is Gennady Rozhdestvensky. A legendary person, through the bends of whose life you can trace the history of culture of the 20th century, because he stood behind the conductor’s console for more than 60 years.
The statistics of the creative life of Gennady Rozhdestvensky rolls over: for the last thirty years alone, he conducted more than 2,000 times on stages and in studios; worked with over a hundred orchestras; The geography of tours totals 37 countries and two hundred cities. Not one conductor has such achievements.
Son of musicians
The authoritative conductor of Europe performed with almost all famous symphony orchestras in the world. The name of Gennady Rozhdestvensky symbolizes the impeccable taste and firmness of musical convictions. The master harmoniously combined an innovative approach to musical art and at the same time conservatism. Without a doubt, he is one of the most educated people of the past and present centuries. Although he said that he associates himself with the 20th century, he is grateful to the 21st for a limitless sense of creative freedom. Only in our time could he play where he wants, when he wants and what kind of music he wants, which was impossible to imagine even during the years of the Soviet regime. Continue reading
The opera Aida was written more than 140 years ago. Its premiere took place on December 24, 1871 in Cairo with a huge triumph, and still the work does not leave the stage of domestic and foreign theaters.
The story of the opera is quite interesting. By the opening of the Suez Canal, they wanted to build a Cairo theater in 1869. The government of Egypt a year earlier asked Giuseppe Verdi to write an opera on an Egyptian theme. But the composer agreed to take up the composition of Aida only in 1870. A short script was drawn up by the French Egyptologist Mariette, who lived in Cairo.
The opera Aida is a psychological musical drama in which the situation is subordinated to a high moral idea. Verdi with all his work affirmed the right of people to happiness. And as a humanist composer, he fought for justice. He demonstrated in the opera Aida the great power of love that even death cannot overcome. Continue reading