This Opera Gala is dedicated to Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Elena Obraztsova.

Star guest performers – soloists from the Royal Opera House, Mariinsky Opera, St Petersburg, the Bolshoi, Moscow – sing popular Russian and English arias, songs, and romances by famous composers, as well as classical folk songs, in this delightful show for music lovers.

The genres in the Finale of the Ninth International Russian Song Festival and Contest, UK are: Classical, Romance Song, Folk, and Best 20th-century. A delightful show for music lovers!

Leading Perfomers:

Vasiliy Gerello baritone, soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre

Larisa Gergiev piano, the Mariinsky Theatre

Larisa Rudakova soprano, soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre

Costas Smoriginas bass-baritone, soloist of ROH

Aigul Akhmetshina mezzo-soprano, soloist of ROH

Evgeniy Kungurov baritone, presenter of TV Kultura, soloist of the New Opera, Moscow

British Imperial Orchestra, conductor Dr. Graham O. Jones, MBE


  1. The Opening includes an exhibition of photographs of Dmitri Hvorostovsky & Elena Obvaztsova in the foyer, presented by Elena Obraztsova Centre for Opera Singers, followed by a premiere screening of a moving short film to preview), commissioned by Eurolog UK, and directed by Pavel Soro (Sorofilm) in memory of these great singers, accompanied live by the soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre Larisa Rudakova and the British Imperial Orchestra conducted by Dr. Graham Jones
  2. Around 50 best Russian and International arias, romances and songs by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky, Verdi, Puccini, Bizet and other great composers, performed by the Opera stars and international finalists of the Contest from 15 countries
  3. Drinks reception (Interval and After Party) for the winners, guests and VIP ticket holders
  4. The Winners’ Awards Ceremony

Running time 4.5 hours. All proceeds will go to charity.

Supported by Elena Obraztsova Centre, St. Petersburg

Programme includes:


Concerto for coloratura soprano and orchestra – Part 1


Aleko’s Cavatina, from Aleko


Hai già Vinta la Causa!, from The Marriage of Figaro


Olga’s aria, from Eugene Onegin


Les tringles des sistres tintaient, from Carmen


Là ci darem la mano, from Don Giovanni


Lensky’s aria, from Eugene Onegin


E lucevan le stelle, from Tosca


Cortigiani, vil razza dannata, from Rigoletto

Di Capua

I’ te vurria vasà


Backstage aria ‘I’m burning with passion’, from Rafaello


Otvet’ mne, zorkoe svetilo, from The Golden Cockerel


Art is calling for me, from The Enchantress