Natalya Popovich (27.02.1945 – 30.03.2018),

Chief Choirmaster in 1991–2017. Natalya Popovich is a People's Artist of Russia, a RF State Prize winner, a Holder of the First Degree Dyagilev Order, and Head of the Novaya Opera Artistic Board, Chief choirmaster in 1991–2017.

In 1967, when a fourth-year student of the Urals State Conservatory, Natalya Popovich joined the Lunacharsky Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre of Sverdlovsk as a choirmaster. Starting from 1973, she worked there the chief choirmaster together with Evgeny Kolobov who was the theatre’s principal conductor.

In 1981, Yury Temirkanov offered her the post of chief choirmaster of the Kirov Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Leningrad (now Mariinsky Theatre). There she worked with many opera master such as choirmaster Aleksandr Murin, conductors Yuri Temirkanov, Evgeny Kolobov and Valery Gergiev, director Boris Pokrovsky.

In 1988, Natalia Popovich was appointed chief choirmaster of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Academic Musical Theatre in Moscow, where she worked till 1991.

Together with the outstanding Russian conductor Evgeny Kolobov, Natalya Popovich was one of the founders of the Novaya Opera Theatre in 1991. Since then she has been the leader of the Novaya Opera choir. The choir's repertoire comprises over 20 operatic works of foreign and Russian composers, a capella sacred music, large-scale cantatas and oratorios.

Natalya Popovich as a choirmaster has participated in 15 CD recordings of the Novaya Opera Theatre. She has over 60 Russian and foreign classical operatic and choral compositions in her repertoire.

Productions

This is Opera! (dramatized performance) — Creator and choirmaster
Borodin's Prince Igor —
Puccini's La bohème — Chief and Stage Choirmaster
Verdi's Rigoletto — Chief and stage choirmaster
Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin — Chief and stage choirmaster
Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov — Chief and stage choirmaster
Verdi's Nabucco — Chief and stage choirmaster
Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride — Chief and stage choirmaster
Verdi's Il trovatore — Chief choirmaster
Bravissimo! (opera mix) — Chief choirmaster, Created
O Mozart! Mozart… (Requiem) — Chief choirmaster
Rossini (musical divertissement) — Chief choirmaster
Verdi's La Traviata — Chief choirmaster
Wagner's Lohengrin — Chief choirmaster
Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana — Choirmaster
Verdi's I Lombardi alla prima crociata — Choirmaster
Maria Callas (Musical offering) — Choirmaster
Catalani's La Wally — Choirmaster
Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila — Choirmaster
Donizetti's Maria Stuarda — Choirmaster
Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades — Choirmaster
Viva Verdi! (gala concert) — Idea of the concert, chief choirmaster

Discography

Rossini (DVD) — Choirmaster
“Bravissimo!” (DVD) — Choirmaster, Created
Rossini (CD) — Choirmaster
16
December
Sunday 19:00
Giuseppe Verdi
Chief and stage choirmaster
19
December
Wednesday 19:00
Requiem in two parts
Chief choirmaster
27
December
Thursday 19:00
Alexander Borodin
1
February’19
Friday 19:00
Giuseppe Verdi
Chief and stage choirmaster
8
February’19
Friday 19:00
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Chief and stage choirmaster
9
February’19
Saturday 19:00
Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Chief and stage choirmaster
10
February’19
Sunday 19:00
Giuseppe Verdi
Chief choirmaster
15
February’19
Friday 19:00
Alexander Borodin
20
February’19
Wednesday 19:00
Based on the opera by Giuseppe Verdi in two acts
Chief choirmaster
22
February’19
Friday 19:00
Giuseppe Verdi
Chief and stage choirmaster
23
February’19
Saturday 19:00
Gala concert in two parts
Idea of the concert, chief choirmaster
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