Moscow Children's Musical Theater

Moscow Children’s Musical Theater

 

the first children’s musical theater in the USSR. It was opened in 1965. The theater was founded by People’s Artist of the USSR N. I. Sats, who is now its manager and principal stage director.

The repertoire includes such operas for children and young people as Krasev’s Father Frost ( 1965), Koval’s The Wolf and the Seven Kids (1966), Rubin’s The Three Fat Men (1967), Raukhverger’s Little Red Riding Hood (1967), Solodukho’s The City of Masters (1969), Khrennikov’s The Boy Giant (1969), Kabalevskii’s The Sisters (1970), Morozov’s The Little Gold Key (1971), Rozhavskaia’s Tic-tac (based on E. Shvarts’ play The Tale About Lost Time; 1972), and Iampilov’s The Marvelous Treasure (1973). The theater has also staged Kolmanovskii’s musical comedy Snow White (1966) and Polovinkin’s ballet The Little Negro and the Monkey (1973). The theater often performs symphonic concerts (symphonic fairy tales such as Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Morozov’s Aibolit and His Friends, as well as I. Sats’ symphonic suite The Blue Bird) and presents such programs as Tchaikovsky, Beckoning Lights, and Pushkin in Music.

In 1973 the soloists of the Moscow Children’s Musical Theater included Honored Artist of the RSFSR G. L. Sverbilova and I. A. Lapteva, G. V. Piskunov, and V. V. Tuchinskii. The company includes the principal conductor V. M. Iakovlev, conductor L. A. Gershkovich, stage directors K. B. Oskolkova and V. B. Khaikin, and chorus master L. L. Fradkin. The Moscow Children’s Musical Theater tours throughout the Soviet Union and abroad (German Democratic Republic, Yugoslavia).

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