A Concert in Honor of the 200th Anniversary of F.M. Dostoevsky

29/11/2021 10:14

November 11, 2021 marks the 200th anniversary of the great writer Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky. As you know, many important stages of his life are associated with Switzerland.

In connection with such a significant anniversary, the Cultural Seasons Foundation (headed by Elmira Shcherbakova, Deputy Head of the General Secretariat, Chairman of the Council for International Cultural Cooperation of the Eurasian Peoples 'Assembly), supported by the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, together with the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation at the UN Office in Geneva, organized a concert at the UN Office in Geneva within the cultural and social project "Dostoevsky and Music".

At the beginning of the event, the Director General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, Tatyana Valovaya, and the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva, Gennady Gatilov, made a welcoming speech.

In her speech, Tatyana Valovaya noted that, despite the difficulties that Fyodor Dostoevsky faced with, his stay in Geneva had a serious impact on his work.
Gennady Gatilov, in his turn, said:

“Fyodor Dostoevsky is the greatest Russian writer, thinker, philosopher, publicist and one of the most widely read and popular Russian authors abroad. For a century, his works have excited the minds and hearts of people all over the world, forcing them to think about the mysterious Russian soul and the moral problems facing society. His work had a strong influence on Russian and world literature and to this day unites hundreds of thousands of people around the world."

The concert included selected excerpts from operas personally noted by Fyodor Mikhailovich in his diaries, publicistic and artistic works, or based on the plots of his works:

  • M.I. Glinka, Rondo Farlaf from the opera Ruslan and Lyudmila;
  • J. Meyerbeer, Marcel's Aria from the opera "The Huguenots";
  • G. Rossini, William Tell's aria from the opera of the same name;
  • S.S. Prokofiev, Monologue of the General from the opera The Gambler;
  • V. Bellini, Norma's Cavatina from the opera of the same name;
  • G. Verdi, Leonora's Aria from the opera "Troubadour";
  • V.A. Mozart, duet of Zerlina and Don Juan from the opera Don Juan.

The vocal parts were performed by the soloists of the Moscow K.S. Stanislavsky and V.I. Nemirovich-Danchenko Academic Musical Theater Natalia Muradymova and Dmitry Kondratkov.

The evening host was the leading accompanist, winner of the "Triumph" prize, famous pianist and organist Anastasia Chertok.