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The Moscow state academic Chamber musical theatre of name of B.A. Pokrovskogo was founded in 1972 by Boris Pokrovsky....
The Moscow state academic Chamber musical theatre of name of B.A. Pokrovskogo was founded in 1972 by Boris Pokrovsky. Pokrovsky was at that time Artistic Director of The Bolshoi, but his two spheres of work had nothing in common, his choise of repertoire for MCO being predominantly small-scale 18th-century pieces and modern Russian works. Pokrovsky was at the head of Moscow Chamber Opera until 2009. Gennady Rozhdestvensky was invited to joint as Musical Director in 2012. In the ensuing 41-years old, the Moscow Chamber Opera has given performances of more than 100 productions which range from Handel’s Imeneo, Mozart’s Basten und Bastienne and Der Schauspieldrektor and Salieri’s Prima la musica e poi le parole, to Shostakovich The Nose and Schnitke’s Life with an Idiot. From the first known operas like “L’Incoronazione di Poppea” by Claudio Monteverdi to the classics of the 20th century Sergey Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky. From Musorgsky, Tchaikovsky and the author of Russian opera, the Metropolitan Dmitry Rostovsky, who created the first musical comedy about Christmas in the 17th century “Rostov Mysteries” to Britten and Schnitke.Today the theatre has a reperoire in Russian, Italian and German. The members of Moscow Chamber Opera are employed full-time by the company, the Moscow season lasting 11 months of the years, and some members have been witn the company since its formation. All the performers take equal status within the company and from one performance to the next may move from the chorus to a leading role. MCO’s home is in the historical cultural centre known as Slavyansky Bazaar on Nikolskaya Street just 3 minutes walk from Red Square and the Kremlin. Its stage is technically very well equipped so that it can be set up in any part of the auditotim.