Exclusive evening GALA RUSSE at the Yacht Club of Monaco

In 2018 GALA RUSSE will again turn to opera aesthetics. The arrival of spring will be marked by a big musical holiday “EVENING WITH A STAR”

In 2018 GALA RUSSE will turn again to opera aesthetics. The arrival of spring will be marked by a great musical event «GALA EVENING WITH THE STAR». Unforgettable, heartfelt, touching, passionate, deep opera arias will sound the best voices of the world. The soloist of the Mariinsky Theater and the Metropolitan Opera, the greatest bass in opera – Ildar Abdrazakov and the incomparable soloist of the Academy of Young Singers of the Mariinsky Theater – Natalia Pavlova, unforgettable mezzo of Bolshoi theatre – Yulia Mazurova will perform in the famous architectural creation of the great Norman Foster – Yacht Club Monaco. 

Ildar Abdrazakov has established himself as one of opera’s most sought-after basses. Since making his La Scala debut in 2001 at 25, the Russian singer has become a mainstay at leading houses worldwide, including New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna State Opera, and Munich’s Bavarian State Opera. His powerful yet refined voice coupled with his compelling stage presence have prompted critics to hail him as a “sensational bass…who has just about everything” 


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The sixth season of the project is marked by a significant expansion of the geography of the participants. Together with the brilliant soloists of the Bolshoy and Mikhailovsky theaters, the stars of English National Ballet, Staatsballet Berlin and other leading troupes of the world will appear on the stage. All the artists who are engaged in the concert, unites the participatory and reverent attitude to the traditions of the great Russian choreographic school, and the international composition of participants once again shows that in our days art knows no state borders.

In the Gala program, vivid examples of the ballet avant-garde will be presented in a single context with masterpieces of the classical repertoire.

Alain Hanel: Exhibition «Russian Ballets in Monaco»

As part of the “Carrefour of Arts», guiding madam Mary – Madeleine Liesse of Carrefour Monaco to be decided to invite photographer Alain Hanel photographer, present on all big events of the principality of Monaco.

Official photographer of Opera of Monte Carlo, of Gala Russian of Monaco and of the Spring of the Arts of Monte Carlo, he decided to display four fortes of Monegasque cultural life over 2017 and on 2018.

The first exhibition in March, 2017 should be dedicated to the Royal Ballet of Cambodia, followed in May by a homage these ten years of photograph for the Opera of Monte Carlo.

Today he gives us «Russian Ballets in Monaco» which will be displayed until November 26th in the shop Carrefour and in the shopping centre of Fontvieille.

As photographer of Gala Russe, he had since 2014 photographed all demonstrations organized by this one, Ballet, his big companies, his dancers and principal dancer of the biggest Russian theatres.

Thirty-six colored photographs and big formats wait for you in the corridor leading to the lifts of the Railway station of Monaco and twenty-four photographs in black and white decorate the ceiling of the surface of sale.

Alain Hanel called his Julian son – Pierre graphic designer Illustrator, so that he manages the post production of every photograph which takes, thanks to its talent another dimension.

You will find big artists of dance as Svetlana Zakharova, Diana Vishneva, Artem Ovcharenko, Olga Smirnova, Anastasia Stashkevich, Anna Tikhomirova, Marat Shemiunov and many others all there and all stars of Bolchoï of Moscow, of Mariinsky or of Mikhaïlovsky of Saint Pétersbourg.

Stars of the Russian Opera

MARIA GULEGHINA is one of the top ten opera singers of the world, the “Russian soprano with Verdi music in her blood”.
VERONICA DZHIOEVA (Bolshoi theatre) is an eye-catching and free gesture, emotional and passionate singer.
ALEXEY MARKOV (Mariinsky theatre, Metropolitan Opera) possesses a “poignant baritone of true Russian school”.
VLADIMIR GALOUZINE (Mariinsky theatre, Opera de Paris, Metropolitan Opera), People’s Artist of Russia, one of the leading dramatic tenors of the world, famous for his artistic talent.
DMITRY POPOV (Mariinsky theatre, Covent Garden) is a one-of-a-kind young tenor, who has had debuts on almost all significant opera venues of the world within 5 years.
EKATERINA SERGEEVA (Bolshoi theatre, Mariinsky theatre) is a seductive and enchanting mezzo-soprano.

“Russian opera on French Riviera will be remembered by the most profound technical mastery combined with the intensity of emotion inherent of Russian opera heritage and practice.”

“The European opera enthusiasts got a unique opportunity to hear the most popular opera pieces of the world sung by Russian soloists performing on the most famous opera house and concert hall stages. This is a great piece of luck – performing schedules of the soloists are jammed years ahead.”

“The GALA RUSSE concert program included the most famous pieces from Russian classics and international opera treasury. No wonder the audience couldn’t let the soloists go, demanding with applause for the great gala night to be continued.”
Center of Informatization in the Sphere of Culture (Centre PIC)

Stars of the Russian Ballet

В этом году, объявленном годом России в Монако, данное событие стало носителем особой культурной миссии. В рамках гала-концертов перед зрителями выступили примы и солисты Большого, Мариинского и Михайловского театров, которые продемонстрировали свой талант как в сценах из классического балета, так и в шедеврах современной хореографии.

Мероприятие снискало большой успех, собрав большое количество ценителей балетного искусства. Титулованным гостем события стала Ее Королевское Высочество Каролина, принцесса Монакская и Ганноверская, в числе почетных гостей также оказались Директор « Балета Монте Карло » Жан-Кристоф Майо, Почетный консул РФ в Монако госпожа Екатерина Семенихина и ее супруг – Почетный консул Республики Казахстан в Монако Владимир Семинихин, Посол по Особым поручениям при Государственном Министре Монако Анри Фиссор, Посол Монако в РФ госпожа Мирей Петтити и другие.

Проект Gala Russe, который стартовал в Монако в 2012 году, уходит истоками в вековое наследие Дягилевских « Русских сезонов ». Именно в них была почерпнута идея возрождения традиции представления русского искусства на Лазурном побережье, а идеологами стали петербургские бизнесмены Максим Шубарев и Эдуард Райкин.

Начиная с 2012 года, ежегодно проект Gala Russe дарит жителям Великого Княжества незабываемые встречи со звездами оперы и балета мировой величины. Каждый концерт уникален, но все они объединены идеей общечеловеческих культурных ценностей, существующих вне времен и пространств.

« Мы стояли у истоков Gala Russe и сегодня остаемся его неизменным партнером, – отметил Максим Шубарев, глава петербургского девелоперского холдинга Setl Group. – Для нас это возможность рассказать о культурных ценностях России, привлечь мировое внимание к ее красоте и духовному богатству. Искренне благодарю всех гостей за внимание к нашему проекту. »

Год России в Монако подходит к концу, а GALA RUSSE уже готовит очередной – пятый сезон на грядущий 2016 год, и обещает оправдать ожидания своих зрителей ярким выступлением. « В следующем году мы представим новую постановку легендарного Бориса Эйфмана, – говорит Эдуард Райкин. – Надеюсь, она понравится всем любителям балета ».

Anna Karenina” ballet by Boris Eifman

Artists has literally conquered the audience. Spectators did not let the artists after the show – applause did not cease.

Choreographer embodies a novel by Leo Tolstoy in the dance to the music of Tchaikovsky almost 10 years ago, but, like all productions of Boris Eifman, since performance is changing and almost lives its own life, though obedient to the will of its creator.

“Eifman has brilliantly distilled the visceral and psychic emotions of love, rejection, loss, passion, guilt, torment, and self-destruction. Anna Karenina, the novel, the play, the novel as ballet, and the novel as inspiration for contemporary theatre, is a love triangle: wife (Anna), husband (Karenin), and wife’s lover (Vronsky). In Eifman’s usual grand scale, no emotions minimized onstage, Anna Karenina as ballet is a masterpiece, a creation that magnetizes the audience through its two angst-filled acts.”
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower. May 24, 2005

“Anna Karenina is among Eifman’s greatest works. The new ballet is relentless in its energy and merciless in its emotional impact.”
Robert Johnson, Star-Ledger. May 26, 2005

“As the curtain came down on Boris Eifman’s evening long Anna Karenina the audience rose to its feet and cheered. It was impossible to be surprised. Large numbers of the audience were not just visually pleased by the ballet, although they were that and had a right to be: the costumes were sumptuous, the sets were grand, the dancers were gorgeous.”
Ann Murphy, New York. June 18, 2005

“This production exerts a relentless grip […] The production leaves one applauding the Eifman company for its passionate integrity, and Eifman himself for a gift for showmanship.”
Laura Thompson, The Telegraph. April 4, 2012

“Eifman’s style is big, bold and spectacular, with lots of wide-legged lifts […] and a dramatic dance vocabulary […] This is dance drama designed for maximum effect.”
Neil Norman, Daily Express. April 4, 2012

Photo exhibition from the show “Stars of the Russian Ballet”

This exhibition was organized by Gala Russe S.A.R.L. Monaco event company, which publishes forty photographs taken in exclusivity at the Grimaldi Forum by the photographer Alain Hanel during the show “Stars of the Russian Ballet” held on 12 and 13 September 2015.

Alain Hanel is a scene photographer and produces numerous reportages in the Principality of Monaco. He regularly collaborates with the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, the Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo, the International Circus Festival of Monaco or the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo.

“The photographs presented in this exhibition are alive, filled of energy and movement. Looking at them, the breath stops in front of their sensuality and the wide range of emotions they convey. It’s an exceptional exhibition and I am proud to work with the excellent photographer Alain Hanel”, said Gulshat Uzenbaeva, manager of Gala Russe S.A.R.L. which brought the Russian Ballets at the Grimaldi Forum.

Reception with the Stars of the Russian Ballet

The ballets true lovers were invited to congratulate the successful performance of the famous dancers and share with them the emotions and vivid impressions received during the gala. Friendly cocktail, exchange of autographs and photos with the Stars brightened this unforgettable evening!

GALA RUSSE 2015 Stars of the Russian Ballet

This year announced by year of Russia in Monaco, this event became the carrier of a special cultural mission.

The action got great success, having brought together a large number of judges of ballet art. Her Royal Highness Carolina, the princess Monegasque and Hanover became the titled guest of an event, among guests of honor there were also a Director of “the Ballet by Monte Carlo” Jean-Christophe Maillo, the Honorary consul of the Russian Federation in Monaco madam Ekaterina Semenikhina and her spouse – the Honorary consul of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Monaco Vladimir Seminikhin, the Ambassador at large at the State Minister of Monaco Henri Fissor, the Ambassador of Monaco in the Russian Federation madam Mireille Pettiti and others.

The Gala Russe project which started in Monaco in 2012 goes sources to century heritage of the Diaghilev’s “Russian seasons”. In them the idea of revival of tradition of representation of the Russian art on the Azure coast was obtained, and the St. Petersburg businessmen Maxim Shubarev and Eduard Raikin became ideologists.

Since 2012, annually the Gala Russe project gives to residents of the Grand Duchy unforgettable meetings with stars of the opera and the ballet of world size. Each concert is unique, but all of them are united by the idea of the universal cultural values existing out of times and spaces.

“We stood at the origins of Gala Russe and today we remain his invariable partner, – Maxim Shubarev, the head of the St. Petersburg developer holding Setl Group noted. – For us it is an opportunity to tell about cultural values of Russia, to draw world attention to its beauty and spiritual wealth. I am sincerely grateful to all guests for attention to our project.”


Year of Russia in Monaco comes to an end, and GALA RUSSE already prepares next – the fifth season for the future 2016, and promises to meet expectations of the audience a bright performance. “Next year we will present new statement of legendary Boris Eifman, – Eduard Raikin says. – I hope, it will be pleasant to all fans of the ballet”.

Setl Group and Gala Russe: revival of traditions