Russian premiere

Olga Peretyatko at House Festival

Photo that shows Olga Peretyatko Daniil Rabovsky 3549К. © Daniil Rabovsky
© Daniil Rabovsky

She has sung Italian bel canto many times in the Festspielhaus: at a Rossini evening, as Adina in L’elisir d’amore, as Violetta in La Traviata. Most recently she appeared in the four-part role of Stella / Olympia / Antonia and Giulietta in Offenbach's Les Contes d´Hoffmann, a classic of imaginative French opera. But Peretyatko has yet to present a program in her native Russian language: now, at the House Festival, she will be celebrating her Russian premiere on February 20, 2021 at 8:15 pm live and online at www.festspielhaus.de, on Vimeo and Youtube under the search term “Festspielhaus Baden-Baden,” and on our Facebook page.

Her program will also feature the lullaby from Tchaikovsky's Mazeppa, which offers a glimpse of Peretyatko's role debut as Maria in this rarely performed opera which is planned for the 2021 Easter Festival. In Tchaikovsky's operas, the lyrical moments are often the most beautiful: emotional states are more important to the composer than dramatic action. It is the same with Maria's lullaby – delicate, sensitive, and quite eerie at the very end of Mazeppa. Anyone who ends a great musical drama about betrayal, war, and politics with a young woman’s lullaby must have had a soft spot for the Romantic song: Tchaikovsky wrote around 100 of these, and Peretyatko has selected several that are particularly close to her heart for the House Festival.

Young Berlin pianist Matthias Samuil will be accompanying her throughout the program, which will also include another lullaby, “Sleep, My Little Prince.” This world-famous melody can still be heard at children’s bedsides today – and one would like to picture Peretyatko singing it not only at the House Festival, but also at home for her little daughter who was born a few weeks ago.

On the other hand, the song “Estrela” by Brazilian composer Altino Pimenta is new to our stage: Olga Peretyatko can be counted on for a surprise this time as well! All the better that at the House Festival, the audience is invited to ask questions to the artists: in advance or live, by e-mail at hausfestspiel@festspielhaus.de, via direct message or as a comment on the Facebook live stream, or in the comment fields on Vimeo and Youtube.

Updated: 4/5/2021