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25 June 2019 (Tue), 19:00 World famous Bolshoi Ballet and Opera theatre (established 1776) - Small Stage - Tours of Chelyabinsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre Classical Ballet "Carmina Burana" Ballet-cantata in two acts

Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes (till 20:45)

The performance has 1 intermission

Schedule for "Carmina Burana" Ballet-cantata in two acts 2020

Classical Ballet in 2 act

A stunning combination of beautiful choreography, piercing music, a wonderful choir, great scenery and costumes!

Choreographer: Laureate of the VIII International Theater Forum “Golden Knight”, silver medalist of the 1st Federal Festival “Theater Olympus” Nadezhda Kalinina (St. Petersburg)

Conductor - Evgeny Volynsky

Chief choirmaster - Natalia Makarova

Production Designer - Anton Slastnikov

Costume Designer - Laureate of the State Prize of the Chelyabinsk Region in the nomination "Talented Workers of Culture and Art" Elena Slastnikova

Graphic artist - Dmitry Ivanchenko (Moscow)


Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is probably the most frequently performed choral work of the 21st century, made popular by the memorable surfing advert for Old Spice aftershave. But have you ever wondered where its familiar title comes from?

The name has Latin roots – 'Carmina' means 'songs', while 'Burana' is the Latinised form of Beuren, the name of the Benedictine monastery of Benediktbeuren in Bavaria.

So, Carmina Burana translates as Songs Of Beuren, and refers to a collection of early 13th-century songs and poems that was discovered in Beuren in 1803 – although it has since been established that the collection originated from Seckau Abbey, Austria – and is now housed in the Bavarian State Library.


The songs (over 1000 of them) were written in a mix of Latin, German and medieval French by the Goliards, a band of poet-musicians comprising scholars and clerical students, who celebrated with earthy humour the joys of the tavern, nature, love and lust. Although Orff set the original texts, he chose not to use the primitive musical notation that accompanied some of the songs.

The collection was first published in Germany in 1847, but it wasn’t until 1934 that Orff came across the texts; a selection had been translated into English and formed part of a publication called Wine, Women And Song.

With the help of Michael Hofmann, a law student and Latin scholar, Orff chose 24 songs and set them to music in what he termed a “scenic cantata”.

Carmina Burana is divided into three sections – Springtime, In the Tavern and The Court Of Love – preceded by and ending with an invocation to Fortune. Written between 1935 and 1936 for soloists, choruses and orchestra, it was originally conceived as a choreographed stage work.

It was in this form that it was first heard on June 8, 1937, in Frankfurt, under its full title Carmina Burana: Cantiones Profanae Cantoribus Et Choris Cantandae Comitantibus Instrumentis Atque Imaginibus Magicis (Songs Of Beuren: Secular Songs For Singers And Choruses To Be Sung Together With Instruments And Magic Images).

After the triumphant premiere of Carmina Burana, Orff, then 41, wrote to his publishers: “Everything I have written to date, and which you have, unfortunately, published, can be destroyed. With Carmina Burana my collected works begin.” However, nothing Orff subsequently wrote ever came close to approaching the popularity of Carmina Burana.



In the prologue we see a fiery funnel formed from the interweaving of the bodies of sinners and demons, personifying their sins. In vain, people are trying to get out of the circles of hell, which they themselves have created by their own recklessness. Only one of them manages to escape. He will become our main character. Being alone in the middle of an icy desert, the Hero sees an Angel who mercifully stretches his hand and takes him to a new beautiful world, where there is no place for suffering, where people live in harmony with themselves and with each other.

The young man is fascinated by this world, where there is complete harmony between nature and man. Here he meets his Beloved. They are happy together. But the night comes - the time of temptation. Darkness separates the couple, and in the mysterious darkness in front of the Hero, a mystical image of the Temptress arises. Unable to resist the temptation, the young man rushes after her, but she constantly dissolves in the dark, alluring and elusive. The girl is looking for her lover but in vain. She anticipates trouble.

The sun rises. People united in pairs, praise the love and joy of life. The girl finds her lover and calls him into the general circle. But he is detached, the beautiful image of the temptress does not go out of his head. And, barely seeing her ghost in the distance, the Hero rushes after her, leaving Paradise just found.


Act II

Sin City. Semi-semi-animals are mired in delight. Reigns the Demon-Temptress with her retinue. A young man appears. He is full of passion and desire. Ready for anything for the sake of intimacy with Demonica, the Young man falls to her feet. The temptress gives him a passionate kiss.

Retinue calls to praise the Youth as the king. There is a coronation ceremony, which is clownish and mocking, but the Young man takes everything for good coin. The demoness is his queen. An intoxicated young man in her passionate embrace. Gradually, the clownish coronation turns into a sabbath, an orgy. The demoness surrounded by the brutal crowd leaves the Hero.

The barely breathing, tortured Youth is the image of an angel in the distance, then the image of his beloved, which awakens him to live, to the realization of loss ...

In the lost Earthly Paradise he is greeted by cold, inaccessibility of the Beloved and rejection of the people who expel them, not wanting to see the sinner. But a loving heart cannot tolerate the sufferings of a young man. The girl forgives him, and loved ones reunite. Celebrating, people glorify love and harmony.

The sun is gone. The “firewall” of demons pinches people and forms a circle. People suffer in attempts to escape from this space but in vain. Angel stands with outstretched hands helping people ...

Schedule for "Carmina Burana" Ballet-cantata in two acts 2020

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