SVETLANA ZAKHAROVA

Monday, 26 October
Sava Center at 8 pm
SVETLANA ZAKHAROVA, prima ballerina with the Bolshoi Ballet and the La Scala Theatre Ballet
Conductor: ALEXEI BOGORAD
Bolshoi Ballet Soloists: MIKHAIL LOBUKHIN, ANNA TIKHOMIROVA
Ochestra and Ballet of the National Theatre in Belgrade
Ludwig Minkus: La Bayadère, ballet (1877)
Ticket prices: 1.500, 2.000, 2.500, 3.000 RSD

zaharovaPeople's artist of Russia, winner of the State prize of Russia, primaballerina of the Bolshoi Theatre and étoile of the La Scala in Milano, Svetlana Zakharova was born in Lutsk (Ukrainian SSR). As a ten year old she was enrolled into the Kiev Choreographic School. Having completed six years of ballet school in the class of Valeria Sulegina, she entered the young dancers’ competition Vaganova-Prix in St. Petersburg, as the youngest competitor. Only fifteen at the time, she won Second prize and received an invitation to join directly the graduating course at Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, which was the first time in the school's history to allow a student to skip two grades. In 1996, Zakharova graduated from the Vaganova Academy, ennobling the first graduation by Yelena Yevteyeva, former distinguished ballerina of the Mariynsky Theatre. That same year she was accepted in the Mariynsky theatre’s company and in the following season was promoted to principal dancer. Famous ballerina and teacher Olga Moiseeva became her permanent teacher and mentor.
Menthored by Moiseeva, Zakharova made her debut as Maria in The Fountain of Bakhchisarai. She danced solo parts in famous ballets Don Quixote, Le corsaire, Chopiniana, but her most successful role in this early period of her career was the title role in Giselle. It was hailed as the masterpiece performance of the youngest dancer in a demanding ballet. The audience and critics took great interest in her, and after that she received an invitation by Vladimir Vasiliev to join the Ballet of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
However, she continued her work at the Mariynsky theatre's company, enriching her repertoire with both classic and contemporary choreographies. Among her standout roles one should note Princess Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty), Odette-Odile (The Swan Lake), Nikia (La Bayadere), Queen of the Dryads (Don Quixotte). At the same time she took part in premieres of Georges Balanchine's ballets in which she danced principal roles such as pas de deux to music by Tchaikovsky, soloist parts in ballets Apollo, Serenade, Symphony in C major and Jewels. Her creative encounter with the choreographer John Neumeier in his ballet Now and Then to music by Maurice Ravel revealed Svetlana Zakharova as an ultra contemporary dancer who had mastered all dance styles.
At the same time, her worldwide fame began to grow. She signed her first prestigious contract in 2001 with the Opera de Paris, to dance the title role in La Bayadere. This important event took place after thirteen years of the “iron curtain”: for the first time, after such a long period, a ballet artist from Russia was allowed to step on the famed scene of the French capital.
Zakharova performs regularly all over the world, on the stages of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Covent Garden in London, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Bavarian Opera in Munich, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Vienna Opera, National Theatre in Tokyo, and also in many cultural centres in Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. La Scala offered her a permanent contract and she won the title of prima ballerina assoluta. For the first time in the history of this great theatre an artist from Russia was given this honour. Recordings of her roles in The Swan Lake, La Bayadere and Giselle were issued on DVD.  
She joined the Ballet of the Bolshoi Theatre in 2003. Her permanent instructor is the distinguished ballerina Lyudmila Semenyaka. Zakharova’s engagement at the Bolshoi began with the premiere of the ballet La Fille du Pharaon choreographed by Pierre Lacotte. The recording of this ballet was also issued on DVD. At the Bolshoi, Zakharova has gradually mastered the entire classical repertoire, in the ballets staged by the world famous choreographer Yuri Grigorovich.
Zakharova is both unique and universal ballerina of the classical ballet heritage, presenting her mastery in Russia and all over the world. Unwilling to limit herself to the success already achieved, she permanently enriches her repertoire with contemporary numbers and shows. She experiments boldly and she uses contemporary technical possibilities.
In 2006 Svetlana Zakharova became member of the Council for culture and arts of the President of Russia.
A year later, she received the State Prize of Russia for the talented interpretation of the roles and development of the great traditions of the Russian ballet. From 2008-2012 she was elected member of the Russian State Duma (parliament).
As a distinguished representative of the Russian culture, she was invited to take part in the Opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi 2014.
Among Zakharova’s numerous accolades, she was twice laureate of the International award Benois de la dance (in 2005 and most recently in 2015).

bogorad-mAlexei Bogorad is a rising young resident conductor of Moscow's acclaimed Bolshoi Theatre. His 2011 triumph at the Lovro von Matacic International Conducting Competition in Zagreb pushed him to the front ranks of today's generation of European conducting talent.

Born to a family of musicians, Maestro Bogorad started studying music at the age of three. After completing Moscow's prestigious Central Music School, he studied clarinet at first and then conducting with Maestro Gennady Rozhdestvensky at the Moscow State Conservatory. In 2009 he completed his conducting studies with honors, including master classes with Mikhail Jurowsky and Colin Metters.

In 2010, Bogorad won a fellowship by the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival under Music Director Robert Spano. In the same year, he won second prize and special recognition from the Ukraine National Symphony in the Stefan Turchak International Conducting Competition in Kiev. As well, he was selected by Vladimir Jurowsky to be assistant conductor of the Svetlanov State Symphony Orchestra.

An experienced solo clarinetist and chamber musician, Bogorad was a principal player of the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra from 1997 to 2011. In addition, he was a soloist of Mikhail Pletnev's Russian National Orchestra from 2001 to 2012.

Recognized for his mastery in conducting opera and ballet, Maestro Bogorad leads wide range of repertoire at the Bolshoi. His opera experience includes Glinka’s "Ruslan and Ludmila", Rimsky-Korsakov’s "May Night" and "Tsar’s Bride", Tchaikovsky’s "Iolanta", "Eugeny Onegin", "Queen of Spades", Prokofiev’s "The Fiery Angel", Mozart’s "Don Giovanni", Wagner’s "Flying Dutchman", Puccini’s "La Boheme", "Madame Butterfly", "Tosca", Ravel’s "L’Enfant et les Sortileges", Alban Berg’s "Wozzeck". Of the ballet repertoire, he has conducted "Giselle", "Swan Lake", "Sleeping Beauty", "Nutcracker", "Raymonda", "Cinderella", "Don Quixote", "Bayadere", "Jewels" and others. Regularly performing with Svetlanov State Symphony orchestra conducted extensive symphonic repertoire.

With the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Alexei Bogorad has recorded double CD of classical ballet music for Columbia Records label. Performed with such artists as Natalia Gutman, Albina Shagimuratova and Svetlana Zakharova. Led number of Bolshoi productions, including "Marco Spada" by D. Auber widely broadcasted by BelAir Classiques. Performs as a guest conductor at various Russian opera companies and symphony orchestras including Russian National Orchestra, Saint-Petersburg Academic Symphony orchestra, Perm Opera Theatre and others. Substituted Valeriy Gergiev, performing with Mariinsky Theatre orchestra during G20 Summit. Made his recent debuts at Prague National Theater, Arctic Philharmonic orchestra (Norway), Oita symphony (Japan), Teatro di San Carlo. Invited to conduct in the piano finals of XV Tchaikovsky International competition.

lobuhin-mBorn in Saint Petersburg, Mikhail Lobukhin studied at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in his hometown, where he received his BA diploma with honors (teacher Boris Bregvadze). That same year he was admitted to the ballet of the Mariinsky Theatre. In this theatre he performed in numerous roles of solo repertoire: Solor (La Bayadere), Basilio (Don Quixote), Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), eponymous roles in ballets Apollo and Prodigal Son, Daphnis (Daphnis and Chloe), Mr. Jourdain (Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme), Prince (Cinderella), Ivan the Fool (The Little Humpbacked Horse) etc. Alongside ballet troupe of Mariinsky Theatre he was on tours in Germany, France, Great Britain, Holland, USA, China and Japan. In January 2010, he joined the Bolshoi Ballet Company (teachers Mikhail Lavrovsky and Valery Lagunov). Since his first season in Bolshoi he performed in leading roles including Basilio (Don Quixote), Tybalt (Romeo and Juliet), Solor (La Bayadere), Spartacus (Spartacus), Conrad (Le Corsaire) etc.
He became a regular participant of the Russian Seasons of the XXI Century project, designed to restore new life to the once-famous staging of the legendary Sergei Diaghilev repertoire of the 20th century. In March 2011 he performed as a soloist at the premiere of Polovtsian Dances from A. Borodin’s opera Prince Igor held in Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris.

tihomirova-mAnna Tikhomirova was born in Moscow. In 2005 she graduated from the Moscow State Choreographic Academy in the class of Natalya Arkhipova and joined the Ballet Company of the Bolshoi Theater. She rehearsed under the guidance of Marina Kondratieva. Now her teacher-repetiteur is Nadezhda Gracheva. Her professional beginnings were marked with minor parts in ballets La Sylphide, Giselle, Don Quixote, Nutcracker, Cinderella, La Bayadere, Swan Lake, while since 2008 she has gradually mastered soloist roles. Besides roles in ballets Petrushka and Raimonda, she performed the leading role of Kitri in Don Quixote at the State Musical Theatre in Rostov on Don.

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