Opera Stars of Russia
George Isaakyan was born in Yerevan (Armenian Republic) in 1968, graduated Yerevan music school as violinist, composer and musicologist. Studied at Moscow State Academy of Theatre Arts (graduated from in 1991). After a brief period with the Yerevan State Conservatoire (professor of the department of opera singing and directing), he joined Perm State Theatre of Opera and Ballet as an opera director in 1991. That position he held till 1996, when he was appointed Principal Director of Perm Opera House.
From 2001 Georgij Isaakyan is Artistic Director of Perm Opera House — one of the oldest and most famous opera theatres in Russia. At the same time Georgij Isaakyan as a professor leads the opera singing faculty in the Perm Academy of Arts and Culture, and from 2005 he is a professor of Moscow State Academy of Theatre Arts too.
At 2003 Georgij Isaakyan establishes and becomes an Artistic director of International festival “Djagilev seasons:Perm-Petersburg-Paris” also.
Georgij Isaakyan is one of leaders of the new generation of Russian opera directors and theatral managers. Most of his productions became at the center of attention of theatre and music society of Russia. Many of operas performed by him were invited for festivals in Moscow and around the Russia, and got many theatre and state awards. He has distinguished himself as a highly efficient and imaginative opera director and art producer/manager, and created a great variety of opera and drama productions, festivals etc., featuring:
1991 – “Anush” by A.Tigranyan (Yerevan Conservatoire Opera Studio), “Peter and The Wolf” by S.Prokofiev, “How They Switched On the Night” by S.Banevich (Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre).
1992 – “The Three Faces of Love” ( one-act XXth century operas), included: “El Retablo de Maese Pedro” by M.de Falla, “Maddalena” by S.Prokofiev, “Les Mammelles de Tiresias” by F.Poulenk (Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre).
1993 – “Keistutes et Birute” by A.Skryabin, (a world premiere at Moscow“Helikon-opera”); “Kastchey the Immortal” by N.Rimsky-Korsakov (Perm); “Pique Dame” by P.Tchaikovsky (Ekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre).
In December of 1993 “The Three Faces of Love” and “Kastchey the Immortal” were on tour in Moscow.
1994 – “The Flying Dutchman” by R.Wagner (Perm);
1995 – “Don Pasquale” by G.Donizetti (Perm). Performance was nominated as the best opera production of the season in Russia, and got two National Theatre Awards “Golden Masque”.
“Otello” by G.Verdi (Tcheboksarsky State Opera Theatre)
1996 – “The Taste of Honey” (Omsk Drama theatre); “La Boheme” by G.Puccini (Samara Theatre of Opera and Ballet).
1997 – “Cosi fan tutte” by W.A.Mozart, (Perm), “Rigoletto” by G.Verdi (Perm).
“Pique Dame” by P.Tchaikovsky (Perm). Performance was nominated as The Best opera production of the season and got “Golden Masque” Award for scenography. In 2001 and 2002 “Pique Dame” was twice invited for the tour in Germany and Switzerland.
1998 – “Prince Igor” by A.Borodin (S-Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre) production was performed for “Kirov-Opera festival” at Metropolitan Opera in NewYork City (presented in Met at April 1998)
1998-99 – “Pushkin in Opera” ( three - evening cycle):
|I.||M. Mussorgsky||“Boris Godunov “|
|II.||C. Cui||“ The Feast in the Time of Plague”|
|A. Dargomyzhsky||“The Stone Quest”|
|III.||S. Rakhmaninov||“The Covetous Knight”|
|N. Rimsky-Korsakov||“ Mozart and Sagliery”|
This project got Grants of President of Russian Federation as the national significance culture project; the Perm Governor Premium for contribution in culture; the State Premium of Russian Federation (the highest prize in Russian culture) for 1999
1999 – “Mazeppa” by P.Tchaikovsky (Ekaterinburg). Performance was nominated for “Golden Masque” Award as the best operaproduction of season. Production got Ekaterinburg Governor Premium for contribution in culture. “Noye's Fludde” by B.Britten (Perm)
2000 – “Rusalka” by A.Dvorak (Ekaterinburg Opera House), “Der Zigeunerbaron” by J.Strauss (Ekaterinburg Operetta theatre), “The Tzar's Bride” \“Tsarskaya nevesta”\ by N.Rimsky-Korsakov (Rostov-on-Don State Opera Theatre), “Cavalleria rusticana” by P.Mascagni (Perm) “Madama Butterfly” by G.Puccini, Opera Ireland, Dublin
2001 – “Snowmaiden” \“Snegurotchka”\ by N. Rimsky-Korsakov (Perm, revival); “Eugeni Onegin” by P.Tchaikovsky (Rostov-on-Don Opera); “Iolanta” by P. Tchaikovsky (Ekaterinburg Opera House); “Cleopatra” by J.Massenet (Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre, Russian premiere) Production got the Perm Governor Premium for contribution in culture.
2002 – “La Boheme” by G.Puccini (Belarus State Opera, Minsk) “Don Carlo” by G.Verdi (Sakai-city-opera, Osaka, Japan) “Die Fledermaus” by J.Strauss (Latvian National Opera, Riga)
2003 – “Lolita” by R.Schedrin (by Nabokov's novel) (Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre, Russian Premiere). Both “Lolita” and “Cleopatra” was shown in Moscow in 2004 on Novaja Opera theatre's stage Three one-acts operas “Women stories” (Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre) “Die Fledermaus” by J.Strauss (Latvian National Opera, Riga, Russian version)
15-25 of May 2003 in Perm – International festival “Djagilev seasons:Perm-Petersburg-Paris”
2004 – “Alcina” by G.-F.Handel (Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre Russian premiere) “Aida” by G.Verdi (Tcheljabinsk Opera House) “Bestiarium” by A.Schetinsky (“Sacro-Art” festival, Loccum, Germany) (a World premiere) “7 deadly sins” by Kurt Weil (ballet with singing) and “The Nightingale” by I.Stravinsky (opera-ballet) (idea and artistic management of the project)
2005 – “Carmen” by G.Bizet (Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre) Performance was nominated for “Golden Masque” Award as The Best Opera Production of Season. First appearance in the history of Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre on the stage of Mariinsky Theatre (S-Petersburg) with its opera and ballet productions, incl. “Alcina” and “Cleopatra”
May 2005 in Perm – II International festival “Djagilev seasons:Perm-Petersburg-Paris” “Rusalka” by A.Dvorak (Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre) “The Tzar's Bride” \“Tsarskaya nevesta”\ by N.Rimsky-Korsakov (Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre, revival)
In October 2005 – Georgij Isaakyan got the Prize of the Government of Russian Federation (Feodor Volkov Premium) for his contributions in theatric life of Russia.
2006 – “Hamlet” by W.Shakespeare (Perm State Drama Theatre) “Cendrillon” by J.Massenet (Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre, Russian premiere) Performance was nominated for “Golden Masque” Award as The Best Opera Production of Season. “Prince Igor” by A.Borodin(Tcheljabinsk Opera House) “Mazeppa” by P.Tchaikovsky (Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre)
In October 2006 Georgij Isaakyan got the honorary title of Honored Artist of Russian Federation.
2007 – “Chertogon” by N.Sidelnikov (by N.Leskov's novel, Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre (World premiere)
May 2007 in Perm – III International festival “Djagilev seasons:Perm-Petersburg-Paris” “Iolanta” by P.Tchaikovsky (Perm Opera) “Ambassadors of the Ural” by Z.Ismagilov (Bashkir State Opera Theatre, Ufa) “L'Orfeo” by Claudio Monteverdi (Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre, Russian premiere)On results of 2007 " The Culture" newspaper (Moscow) has named George Isaakyan THE DIRECTOR OF YEAR IN RUSSIA
2008 – In January, 2008 the opera company and orchestra of the Perm theatre for the first time in the history appeared on stage of the famous Carnegie Hall (New York), and production of "Mazeppa" was shown on a stage of the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Next productions: “Almast” by A.Spendiarov (Yerevan National Opera), “Christus” by A.Rubinstein (World premiere), “One day in GULAG” by A.Solzhenitsin's novel (World premiere) (Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre)