The Nutcracker”, the wondrous Christmas tale which lit up the imagination of one generation after another, scheduled every year at the Bucharest National Opera (ONB) around Christmas, will be presented three more times this January in response to public demand. Ballet-lovers will have the chance to enjoy Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s beloved score brought to life by the ONB orchestra and ballet company. The three performances are scheduled for January 8, 12 and 19.
The January 8 presentation (11am) will see the debut of two Japanese-born ballet dancers, Kokoro Umemoto and Takashi Okita, appearing in the “Flower Waltz” and, respectively, “Russian Dance”. Kokoro Umemoto is a graduate of the prestigious Royal Ballet School in London and also attended the “Vaganova” Academy in Saint Petersburg, the Central School of Ballet in London and the National Ballet School in Shanghai. Takashi Okita, 23, took up parts in a number of classical works, as well as in neoclassical or modern ballet performances. The cast also includes ONB dancers. Conductor Tiberiu Soare will be in charge of the musical direction of the show. The other performances are scheduled for January 12 and 19, under the baton of conductor Vlad Conta.
Elena Grigorescu anniversary performance
The soprano Elena Grigorescu, a first-rank name of the Romanian lyrical scene, will be celebrated by ONB by an anniversary performance scheduled for the beginning of 2012. According to ONB, the gala presentation of Puccini’s “La Boheme”, meant to honour Elena Grigorescu, will take place on Sunday, January 8, at 7pm, under the baton of conductor Tiberiu Soare. Elena Grigorescu is a graduate of the “Ciprian Porumbescu” Conservatoire in Bucharest and acted as the ONB prima donna for 17 years. She has been living in 1985 in Germany, in Kaiserslautern, and is a employee of the Pfalztheater, where she brought to life parts she had already taken up in Romania, as well as fresh additions to her repertoire: Tatiana in “Eugene Onegin” (P.I. Tchaikovsky) or Suor Angelica in Puccini’s eponymous opera.