Greetings from a gloriously sunny St Petersburg! The tour is now in full swing and after a day of rehearsals in the Hermitage Theatre, Tuesday’s performance of The Prodigal Son was enthusiastically received by a capacity audience. It was a great start to our visit.
Some of the larger instruments on tour have been locally sourced in St Petersburg to help with the tour logistics. Our resourceful Project Manager, Kate Green, managed to arrange the loan of a double bass from the Mariinsky Theatre, no less. Principal double bass, Ben Griffiths, was able to take his pick! Lucky guy.
Wednesday saw us move venues to the church of St Ekaterina for the remainder of our performances. Steeped in history, St Ekaterina was the home to the Soviet record label Melodia where many Shostakovich records were made. Curlew River was next up – which gained a preview in Time Out Russia – with a stand out performance by Rodney Earl Clarke as the Ferryman. It was great to perform to another sell-out audience, who demanded three curtain calls from the cast and still wanted more!
In between the hard work we’ve managed to find some time to take in the local sites, including a canal trip and visit to the stunning Youssoupov Palace this morning. We’re off to rehearse for tonight’s performance of The Burning Fiery Furnace so we’ll leave you with some photos from our trips this morning and last night’s beautiful sunset over the River Neva. Enjoy!