Here Is What We've Planned For IOC Tenth Season!
2021-2022 marks Independent Opera Company’s 10th Season. We decided to celebrate by making it an All Russian Season!
Russian music has always been very important to IOC’s mission and artistic vision. We started back in 2012 with Eugene Onegin (and then revived it in 2018). IOC also performed such beautiful Russian operas as The Tsar's Bride and The Snow Maiden, both by Rimsky-Korsakov; Aleko by Rachmaninov, and Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky.
We’re starting the season with the Gala on September 25th, and a big part of it will be Russian music. Then on October 22nd and 23rd, we will perform a double bill of two operas by Rimsky-Korsakov, Mozart and Salieri and Kashchey the Deathless. Mozart and Salieri is based on a play by Alezander Pushkin and was an inspiration for Amadeus, both the play and the movie. Kashchey, by the composer's description, is "An Autumn fairy tale.” Based on Russian folklore, it tells the enchanting story of an evil old magician, a beautiful Princess, a brave Prince, and some other magical characters. All ends well! Then in Winter of 2021-2022, we are planning to release another all-remote production, Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky. The format will be similar to our Visions Fugitives production in May 2021. Galina Barskaya will be performing Mussorgsky's magnificent work in its original version for solo piano. Liza Barskaya will create original choreography and will be the dancer for the production.
For our Spring production, we're planning another double bill, this time two fairy tales set to music by another Russian composer, Cesar Qui. The stories are Puss in Boots and Little Red Riding Hood. These rarely performed works are a lot of fun and very enjoyable, especially for the young and "the young at heart.”
We will finish the season with another magical story, The Love for Three Oranges, an opera by S. Prokofiev.