Founded by Natalya Sats as a theatre for children, the opera house opposite Moscow’s State University is famous as the original home of Prokofiev’s Peter & the Wolf. Nowadays, under the artistic direction of Georgiy Isaakyan, Theatre Sats attracts audiences of all ages, with award-winning productions of a vast repertoire ranging from such family favourites as Nutcracker or Oliver Twist via mainstream productions of Carmen and Madam Butterfly or a historic revival of Diaghilev's last production - The Golden Cockerel - to the artistic challenges of Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen or Prokofiev’s Love of Three Oranges.
Baroque opera & orchestral director, Early Harp virtuoso, continuo-wizard, writer and specialist in baroque gesture and Historical Action, Andrew Lawrence-King is one of the world’s leading performers of Early Music and the most recorded harpist of all time. Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for the History of Emotions from 2011-2015, Professor at London’s Guildhall School, Dr Lawrence-King investigates and teaches early harps & continuo, medieval music-drama & baroque opera, baroque gesture and Flow. His ensembles, The Harp Consort and Il Corago, combine state-of-the-art research and period detail with stylish improvisation and entertaining stage presentation.
Andrew Lawrence-King has directed early opera and baroque music at La Scala, Milan; Sydney Opera House; Casals Hall, Tokyo; Berlin, Vienna & Moscow Philharmonics; Carnegie Hall & Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes. This season he premieres his own composition Kalevala: the Opera in Finland.
Accolades include UK Gramophone Award; German Echo Prize; Dutch Edison Award; US Noah Greenberg Prize for musicology/performance collaboration; a Grammy and Australia’s Helpmann Award together with Jordi Savall; and as opera director, the Golden Mask, Russia’s highest music-theatre award.