For St. Petersburg, the Day of the Russian Navy is a special holiday, and in honor of this date, one of the largest Russian media holdings Russian Media Group, with the support of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, presented tens of thousands of spectators with the famous theatrical production of Juno and Avos.
Entrance to Palace Square was free and tens of thousands of people came to watch the concert version of the legendary rock opera.
The story of the tragic love of the Russian diplomat and traveler Nikolai Rezanov and the daughter of the commandant of the San Francisco fortress Maria de la Concepción Marcella Argüello, told in heartfelt songs, won the hearts of the audience from year to year. So this time, she again did not leave the audience indifferent, and on the most famous aria “I will never forget you” performed by Alexander Marshal and Valeria Lanskaya, many could not hold back their tears.
Music author Alexei Rybnikov, who was also present at the concert, noted that in general the composition of the participants was very strong. This is the soloist of the Ensemble named after A.V. Alexandrova, People’s Artist of Russia Valery Gavva, Honored Artist of Russia Svetlana Krinitskaya and many others.
“And Rybnikov also admitted that he was very afraid of the acoustics on Palace Square, but the sound engineers coped.
When asked why people love this rock opera so much, the composer emphasized: “Yesterday I listened to the words of Andrei Voznesensky. They look like they were written today. About America, Russia’s position in the world – as if about today. What is happening to us happened both 200 and 300 years ago. But the main message of the rock opera is: peace, hallelujah of love, and for 40 years we have been singing about it.
Well, and of course, on this day, famous creative groups also performed on Palace Square: Twice Red Banner Academic Song and Dance Ensemble of the Russian Army named after. A.V. Alexandrov, the Central Military Band of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the Song and Dance Ensemble of the Western Military District, and the Alexei Rybnikov Theater.