The Sochi Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro Alexey Aslanov will accompany stars of the opera:
Agunda Kulaeva — Prima Donna of the Bolshoi Theatre, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, Honored Artist of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania. Her charming mezzo-soprano voice penetrates into the heart of the audience. Agunda Kulaeva’s performances are a constant success in Russia and on the best opera stages of the world.
Evgenia Muravyova is a soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre, a performer of the leading soprano repertoire, a laureate of All-Russian and international competitions. World fame came to Evgenia after a brilliant performance of the main role in the «Katerina Izmailova» opera at the Salzburg Festival in 2017.
Alexey Tatarintsev — Honored Artist of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania. Winner of the Prize for the best tenor of the I.S. Kozlovsky Foundation and the Audience Award of Radio Orpheus, winner of the «Golden Mask» National Theatre Award in the «Opera. Best Actor» category, winner of the «Onegin» National Opera Award in the «Master of the Stage» category, and many others. Alexey Tatarintsev, a recognized master of the bel canto repertoire, is a welcome guest on the best opera and concert stages.
The central event of the Festival will be a large-scale Educational program for young opera singers. To participate in the Festival program, they will need to reach the final of the qualifying competition. The best performers will take part in chamber concert at the A.F. Debolskaya Hall of organ and chamber music on August 21, and the winners of the competition will also take part in «The Opera-Gala» concert on August 22.
Artistic director of MagnoliArts Festival – Alexey Aslanov, chief conductor and artistic director of The Sochi Symphony Orchestra.
F.E.S. Foundation aims at important and responsible goals — to promote education and spiritual development, introducing as much of the public as possible to the great traditions of the world’s classical music heritage; to support young performers; to work on creating joint projects with the participation of already established and famous artists, as well as very young ones just starting their way on the music scene.
MagnoliArts Festival will become a new form for us, which will allow to combine projects that are different in content, but have the same aspirations, into a single whole.
During the year of the Foundation’s existence, we have created several significant cultural projects with great success. With special joy, we would like to recall three of them, which became important events in the musical life of St. Petersburg.
November 30, 2020 — the first «Opera-Gala» concert organized by the F.E.S Foundation in the Grand Philharmonic Hall. Evgenia Muravyova, Olesya Petrova, Kira Loginova, Alexey Tatarintsev and Vladislav Sulimsky performed with the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Philharmonic under the baton of maestro Yevgeny Khokhlov.
December 23, 2020 — despite strict restrictions, a concert performance of the «Christmas Eve» opera by N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov took place in the Grand Philharmonic Hall. The concert was attended by the best artists of the city’s opera houses, the St Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Mikhail Tatarnikov, the soloist of the National Opera of Ukraine, Honored Artist of Ukraine Tamara Kalinkina sparkled in the main role. Together with the «Saint Petersburg» TV channel, a live broadcast of the concert was arranged
A grandiose concert of world opera stars on March 6, 2021 at the Mikhailovsky Theatre, which was attended by the brightest Russian artists, whose brilliant international career is an indisputable fact. Aida Garifullina, Ildar Abdrazakov, Vasily Ladyuk and Alexey Tatarintsev presented a harmonious program of real opera hits. The concert was also attended by talented and very promising young performers Evelina Smolina and Klim Tikhonov. Mikhail Tatarnikov conducted the Mikhailovsky Theatre Orchestra and Choir. The innovative solution of the concert was an animated set using generative computer graphics that reacted in real time to the music being played.
Founded in 1991, the orchestra was initially a chamber group, and in 2001 it was awarded the honorary status of the «Sochi Municipal Symphony Orchestra».
A constant participant in the cultural programs of international and all-Russian events held in Sochi, including at the level of meetings of heads of state and government. The orchestra took part in such significant cultural events as the Winter International Arts Festival under the artistic direction of Yuri Bashmet, the All-Russian Competition of Vocalists named after Valeria Barsova, the «Russia-Abkhazia» Cultural Seasons, the International Organ Music Festival, etc.
It took an active creative part in the cultural program of significant international events held in Sochi: the XXII Olympic and XI Paralympic Winter Games 2014, the IX World Choral Games 2016, the XIX World Youth and Students Festival 2017, etc.
During its existence, the orchestra has repeatedly acted as a creative partner of such outstanding musicians as Vladimir Viardo and Denis Matsuev, Dora Schwarzberg and Alexander Trostiansky, Alexander Knyazev and Hibla Gerzmava, Yuri Marusin and many others.
The musicians of the orchestra often play as soloists, performing various instrumental concerts accompanied by their colleagues. Many programs are decorated with ensembles – duets, trios, quartets, formed on the creative initiative of musicians.
Since 2017, the famous Russian conductor and composer Anton Lubchenko, winner of international competitions, winner of the St. Petersburg Governor’s Award, has been invited as the artistic director of the Sochi Symphony Orchestra on the recommendation of the head of the city of Sochi A.N. Pakhomov. In September 2020, Alexey Aslanov replaced Anton Lubchenko as artistic director.
«FESTIVAL» is a CONCERT HALL in the heart of Sochi. Thanks to a unique combination of architecture and landscape design, the amphitheater of the open hall, built in a natural ravine, accommodates 2,500 seats, from any of which you can see the stage, the sea, the starry horizon and the lights of passing ships.
The ALISA DEBOLSKAYA HALL OF ORGAN AND CHAMBER MUSIC is located in the very center of the resort town and has a 340-seat auditorium. The hall’s high acoustic capabilities allow it to host concerts of organ, symphonic, chamber-ensemble, choral and vocal music. A beautiful internal garden with exotic plants and sculptural composition harmoniously complements the appearance of the hall.