Running time:
2 parts by 40 minutes
28 September 2022 Wednesday 19.00 Grand hall
19.00 Grand hall

State Orchestra “Svetlanov”
“Masters of Choir Singing”
Conductor Dmitry Yurovsky
Lyubov Petrova, soprano

Hailed as a “soprano of ravishing, changeable beauty, blazing high notes and magnetic stage presence” by Opera News, Lyubov Petrova’s recent highlights include returns to Florida Grand Opera as Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and for her first performances as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, her first performances of Freia in Das Rheingold with both the London Philharmonic and Odense Symphony Orchestras, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Sofya in Prokofiev’s Semyon Kotko with Vladimir Jurowski conducting the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and a return to the Metropolitan Opera New York as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro.Winner of the 1999 International Elena Obraztsova Competition and the 1998 International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition, the New York based Russian soprano Lyubov Petrova trained at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and on the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Programme, and made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos. 

Dmitri Jurowski, the youngest member of the famous musical family, started his musical education at the age of six at the Cello Department of the Moscow Conservatoire Musical School. After his family moved to Berlin, he continued his cello studies. In 2003, he started to take conducting classes at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin. As an opera conductor, Dmitri Jurowski performs at the Lyric Opera in Chicago, Opera Bastille in Paris, Grand Theatre in Geneva, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Carlo Felice Theatre in Genoa, La Fenice in Venice, Massimo Theatre in Palermo,Comic Opera and State Opera in Berlin, etc. As a symphonic conductor, Dmitri Jurowski has worked with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the orchestras of La Fenice and the Turin Royal Theatre, the Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra in Parma, etc. In the summer of 2010, Dmitri Jurowski made his debut at the Bolshoi Theatre. He has toured with the Bolshoi Theatre’s production of Eugene Onegin to the Royal Opera House, the Real Theatre in Madrid, and the Lucerne Festival. Since 2011, the maestro has been the Chief Conductor of the Flemish Royal Opera and the Chief Conductor of the “Russian Philharmonic” Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, Dmitri Jurowski took over the position of Musical Director and Principal Conductor of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre.

The Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing" was founded in 1928, its founder and first artistic director was a master of choral art Alexander Sveshnikov. At various times, it was directed by such great musicians as Nikolay Golovanov, Ivan Kuvykin, Klavdiy Ptitsa, Ludmila Ermakova. In 2005, Professor Lev Kontorovich was offered a position of  the artistic director of the Grand Choir (known as the «Masters of Choral Singing»). Under his leadership, the updated composition of the choir successfully continues the traditions established by their predecessors. The name itself – «Masters of Choral Singing» – determine the professionalism, high level of performance, exceptional speed and versatility of the team, where each artist can act as a member of the choir and as a soloist. For 85 years, the choir performed more than 5,000 works – operas, oratorios, cantatas by Russian and foreign composers, works a’cappella, folk songs and sacred music. Many of them were the «golden fund» of the national record, gained recognition abroad (Grand Prix competition of recordings in Paris, the «Gold Medal» in Valencia). In the performance of the Grand choir were the firstly heard many choral works by Sergey Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich, Rodion Shchedrin, Aram Khachaturian, Otar Taktakishvili, Vladislav Agafonnikov, Yuri Evgrafov etc.

The State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia “Evgeny Svetlanov” is one of the oldest symphony ensembles in the country. In 2021, the Orchestra celebrates it’s 85th anniversary.Over the years, the State Orchestra was directed by Alexander Gauk (1936–1941), Natan Rakhlin (1941–1945), Konstantin Ivanov (1946–1965), Evgeny Svetlanov (1965–2000), Vasily Sinaisky (2000–2002), Mark Gorenstein (2002–2011), Vladimir Jurowski (2011–2021) and Vasily Petrenko (2021–2022). In 2005, the ensemble was named after E. F. Svetlanov. Since 2021 Vladimir Jurowski has been holding the position of Honorary Conductor of the Orchestra. The orchestra’s concerts were held at the most famous concert venues in the world including the Great Hall of the Conservatory, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the Bolshoi Theater of Russia, the Column Hall of the House of Unions, the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Pleyel in Paris, the Colon National Opera in Buenos Aires, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo. In 2013, the orchestra for the first time performed in the Red Square in Moscow.Having visited abroad for the first time in 1956, the orchestra has since represented Russian art in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Denmark, Italy, Canada, China, Lebanon, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, USA, Thailand, France, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, South Korea, Japan and many other countries.