Nominations for the 2013-2014 season’s Golden Mask, Russia’s most prestigious theatre award, have been announced. Mariinsky Theatre productions and performers have been nominated in six categories.
Among opera premieres of the past season, the expert council focussed on a new stage version of the opera Otello. This production has been nominated in four categories. Otello has been forwarded for the prize as “Best Opera Production”, its stage director Vasily Barkhatov has been listed in the category “Opera/ Work by a Stage Director” and Zinovy Margolin, the production designer of Otello, is one of the nominees for the Golden Mask in the category “Work by a Designer in Musical Theatre”. Soloists in this production have also received nominations; Aleksandrs Antonenko (as Otello) and Alexander Krasnov (as Iago) have been forwarded in the category “Opera/ Male Role”.
Ballet premieres listed in the category “Ballet/ Production” include Infra and one-act ballet by Hans van Manen. Moreover, Mariinsky Theatre prima ballerina Diana Vishneva has been nominated for her work in the ballet Woman in a Room, which was produced by the Diana Vishneva Foundation and Ardani Artists.
The prize-winners will be announced at the XXI festival of productions and nominees, to be held in Moscow in March-April 2015. The awards ceremony of the Golden Mask Russian national theatre prize will take place on 18 April at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre.
News source: The State Academic Mariinsky Theatre
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