I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Romeo või Julia)
PromFest's ninth opera production in 2019 with the prizewinners of Klaudia Taev Competition Abigail Levis (1st prize in 2017), Margarita Levchuk (finalist in 2017) and Yury Rostotsky (3th prize in 2015) in the leading roles.
A co-production of PromFest, Kaunas State Music Theatre, and Endla Theatre.
Julia will soon be married off to the man selected for her by her father but this is not her main concern. Something has been haunting the young woman. From time to time, ghostly images and sounds from the past appear to her, but she can not grasp what could this means. The girl's father and doctor are doing everything in their power to keep Julia away from his past. She still struggles to make sense of the mystery with her true beloved Romeo by her side. But who is Romeo?
Romeo - mezzo-soprano Abigail Levis (USA)
Giulietta - soprano Margarita Levchuk (Belarus)
Tebaldo - tenor Yury Rostotsky (Russia)
Lorenzo - baritone Andrius Apšega (Lithuania)
Capellio - bass Liudas Mikalauskas (Lithuania)
The orchestra and chorus of the Kaunas State Music Theatre
Chorus master: Rasa Vaitkevičiūtė
Concertmaster of the orchestra: Povilas Grigas
Performed in: Italian
Surtitles on the big screen: English, Estonian
Premiere on 19th May 2019 Endla Theatre
ERKI PEHK is the Artistic Director of the festival PromFest and the Klaudia Taev Competition for young opera singers
ABIGAIL LEVIS (mezzo-soprano) is the winner of the 10th Klaudia Taev Competition in 2017.
Named "Debut Artist of the Year" by the Joy in Singing Foundation, Abigail Levis is emerging as one of the most exciting young singers of today. As a professional singer, Ms. Levis has appeared as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Flint Symphony, Symphonie Atlantique, American Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Ars Lyrica Houston and the Handel and Haydn Society. Operatically she has performed extensively at home and abroad with companies such as Utah Opera, Dallas Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Opera Parallele, and Deutsche Oper Berlin. Currently, she is the ensemble member of Luzern Opera.
She is a recent graduate of the Vocal Arts program at the Bard College Conservatory where she was the recipient of the Mimi Levitt Scholarship.
She graduated in chorus conducting from the Brest Music College, followed by her graduation from the Belarusian State Academy of Music in opera singing in 2016. Since 2012 she has regularly appeared in concerts and performances of the Classics Music House not only in Belarus but also in Russia, Lithuania, Poland, France, Germany. She joined the young artists' program of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus in 2016 and was promoted to the soloist of the opera company in 2017.
YURY ROSTOTSKY (tenor) is the 3rd prize winner of the 9th Klaudia Taev Competition in 2015. He graduated from the Gnessins Academy of Music in 2014 where he studied with Prof. S. Gorenkova. Later he polished his singing skills at the Oper Oder Spree Festival in Germany and also at the Accademia Rossiniana by Ernesto Palacio.
A prizewinner of many national and international singing competitions. He has become a member of the soloist ensemble of the Novaya Opera in Moscow in 2015. Since 2018 Rostotsky is a soloist of Saint-Petersburg “Zazerkalie” Theater”. And also one of the leading tenor of the young generation in Russia.
KATRIN TEGOVA is a screenwriter and film director. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Theater Studies from the University of Tartu (2005) and a Master's Degree in Screenwriting from the Baltic Film and Media School (2013). In addition to film scenarios and plays, she has published fiction and numerous articles on theater, art, media, and film.
Filmography: Documentary "Vanad kalad" (2010, with Triinu Ojalo), short film "Foto" (2013, with Jan-Erik Nõgisto), the short film "Hõbepulm" (2013, with Andres Maimik), the feature film "Kirsitubakas" (2014, with Andres Maimik), the feature film "Minu näoga onu" (2017, with Andres Maimik), the short film "Nissan Patrol" (2018, with Andres Maimik), a short film "Jõulumüsteerium" (2018, with Andres Maimik).
MADIS NURMS is a free-lance scenographer who has worked as a designer on numerous productions in Estonia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria, and Germany. He was awarded MA cum laude in Scenography in 2009 (Estonian Academy of Arts) and BA in Social Sciences in 2007 (Tallinn University).
His work concentrates on designing operas: Verdi's "La Traviata" (2017), "Aida" (2015) and “Attila” (2011), Offenbach's "La belle Hélène" (2018), Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Tsar’s Bride” (2013), Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” in 25 theatres in Belgium and Netherlands (2011), Massenet’s “Thaïs” (2009), Bizet’s “Carmen” (2007). His works also include set and lighting design for the recital of Barbara Hendricks (2007) among other lighting designs for various concerts. Important dance productions designed by him include Tubin's "Goblin" (2015), “GO - a Game for Two” (2014), “Waiting” (2010) and “Ohlala…Ça c’est passé comme ça” (2012).
In May 2015 Madis Nurms debuted as a stage director with Verdi’s “Aida” at Vanemuine Theatre, followed by directing Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21 by Schoenberg.
DAINIUS BERVINGIS is a Lithuanian choreographer and dance teacher. He started his career in Kaunas State Musical Theatre as a ballet artist in 1994. He has worked with several dance troupes and theatres. In 2017 graduated Klaipeda Univerity MA in Choreography. In 2005–2015 Bervingis was a member of Chief Ballet Troupe in Kaunas State Musical Theatre.
He has created choreography for about thirty productions, in 2010 he made his debut as a stage director. Bervingis is a laureate of many national and international competitions.