Rimsky-Korsakov. The Golden Cockerel. Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Düsseldorf, Germany)
Stage Director - Dmitry Bertman
Music Director - Axel Kober
Set and Costume Designer - Énée-Liis Semper
Choreographer - Edwald Smirnov
The opera "The Golden Cockerel" based on A.S. Pushkin's fairy tale – the last and the most mysterious of the fifteen operas of N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov in which the political satire and a parody get on with multiple-valued and unusual fantastic images heroes of the fantastic world are real, "live", and reality – "the pale ghost", "emptiness". A plot innuendo, impossibility to understand where kindly and where angrily, give the chance of various, sometimes, absolutely opposite readings of the composition of Rimsky-Korsakov. And these features of the opera "The Golden Cockerel" stir interest in a premiere in Düsseldorf: Dmitry Bertman's statements always different in unexpected interpretations, are able to surprise the audience with non-standard decisions and novelty.
The premiere of "The Golden Cockerel" in Düsseldorf has united theatrical masters of Europe and Russia. Scenery and suits to a performance were created by the artist Énée-Liis Semper, one of founders of NO99 Theatre in Tallinn. Axel Kober, the chief conductor of Deutsche Oper am Rhein famous for the performances in Royal opera theater of Copenhagen, Vienna Folksoper, the Hamburg state opera, the German opera in Berlin, the National Rhine opera, Zemper's Opera, at a festival in Bayreuth conducts a premiere. Also work on a performance the choreographer of "Helikon-Opera" Edvald Smirnov – together with Dmitry Bertman he has delivered "Rake’s progress" I.F. Stravinsky to Helsinki recently – and the stage director of the "Helikon-Opera" Ilia Ilin.
The part of Dodon the Tsar will be performed by the soloist of Deutsche Oper am Rhein, the invited soloist of the Bolshoi theatre of Russia and the Novaya Opera of Moscow the Boris Statsenko. In May in the part of the Shemakhansky Queen will be performed by the soloist of the "Helikon-Opera" theater the honored actress of Russia Anna Grechishkina.
"The Golden Cockerel" is a debut work of Dmitry Bertman in Deutsche Oper am Rhein and the second addressing to this opera of Rimsky-Korsakov. In 1999 the director has put "The Golden Cockerel" in Moscow on the stage of the "Helikon-Opera" theater – the performance is not on stage for more than 10 years.