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Theatre Adventures: Ganna Slutsky's play "The Maniac"

On September 17, 2017, the Russian-Dramatic Theatre after K. S. Stanislavsky in Yerevan presented Ganna Slutsky's two-act tragicomedy The Maniac. Premiering in Yerevan on March 25, 2011, The Maniac is a play with enough plot twists to keep you puzzling over what just happened even long after you already left the theatre.

Led by artistic director Alexander Grigorian and stage director Yervand Yengibarian, actors Arman Kazaryan, Tatevik Melkonyan, and Manvel Khachatrian performed the nameless roles of Him, Her, and The Maniac. The play opens with a husband and wife; she is a playwrite and he is a director. He has just won an oscar-like award as best director, and tomorrow morning they are to attend yet another ceremony. A deplorable looking Christmas Tree flickers in the corner of the stage, and the couple prepares to celebrate New Years.

The audience finds out about the playwrite's daughter, and that although she was raised by the director, she isn't his biological daughte…

Gayane: Aram Khachaturian's Touching Ballet Performed At the A. Spendiaryan Opera and Ballet National Academic Theatre

On September 16, 2017, the Armenian National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet after A. Spendiarian performed Aram Khacharurian's mood-lightening ballet Gayane, conducted by Atanes Arakelyan and staged by Vilen Galstyan (People's Artist of RA), also the head ballet-master. The stunning set was drawn by the talented Armenian painter and Honored Painter of RA Minas Avetisyan(1928-1975), and the costumes, which played with the set very well, were done by costume designer Rubine Hovhannisyan. Gayane : Syuzanna Pirumyan (Honored Artist of RA
Armen: Sevak Avetisyan
Giko: Grigor Grigorian
Nune: Arshaluys Margaryan
Karen: Garegin Babelyan
Gayane's Father: Hrachua Hovhannisyan
Giko's Father: Zaven Harutyunyan (Honored Artist of RA) Although the plot of Gayane is tense, with all the unrequited love and kidnapping, the ending is happy. It's so happy that the 3rd act of the ballet is nothing but a wedding celebration! The music is emotionally charged and unless you know th…

The Last Judgement: Verdi's Masterful Requiem and Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel

On September 14, 2017, the Armenian National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet after A. Spendiarian performed Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem, but with a visual twist of murals from the Sistine Chapel, done by Michelangelo. The pictures were projected by "innovative technologies of the future" which allowed to create a "three-dimensional reproduction of the images of Michelangelo's masterpieces". Conducted by San Francisco-born conductor Konstantin Orbelyan Jr. (nephew of the famous Armenian conductor Konstantin Orbelyan), soloists soprano Marine Deinyan, guest mezzo-soprano from the USA Eleni Matos, bass Hayk Tigranyan, and tenor Sargis Aghamalyan performed Verdi's Requiem in this new realization of the stunning centerpiece of classical music. The visual effects were created by Italian stage and visual director Paolo Micciche. In Micciche's own words, "[t]he music of Verdi's Requiem has the same dramaturgy and rhythm as the great frescos by M…