On 17 March 2010, under VTB’s support, the Bolshoi Theatre saw a premiere of Die Fledermaus (The Bat), a famous operetta by Johann Strauss, staged by Vasily Barkhatov under Christoph-Matthias Mueller’s music direction. Mstislav Rostropovich and Boris Pokrovsky had thought of staging Die Fledermaus in the Bolshoi Theatre. However, for the first time it appeared on its stage owing to creative efforts of the young men who are gaining prominence in the music world.
Vasily Barkhatov, a young opera director, made his successful debut in the Mariinsky Theatre. Mueller, a Swiss conductor, became famous in Moscow for his brilliant performance with the Russian National Orchestra. Zinovy Margolin, a set designer and Golden Mask winner, who had cooperated with the Mariinsky Theatre, St.Petersburg Chamber Opera Company, Boris Eifman Ballet Theatre and other well-known music and drama theatres, made his first appearance in the Bolshoi Theatre. Igor Chapurin, a renowned fashion designer, created costumes for the characters. A young team of singers, including Dinara Alieva, Anastasia Moskvina, William Dazeley, Kresimir Spicer, Elchin Azizov, Andrew Goodwin and Igor Golovatenko and others brought to life the concept of the staging team.
Die Fledermaus is a classic example of dance operetta. It has never left the stage after it was premiered in an der Wien Theatre in Vienna on 5 April 1874. Many world leading opera theatres often include this piece of art in their repertoire. The very first opening night of Die Fledermaus in Russia took place in Petrograd on 4 December 1923.
VTB and the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia have maintained long-term friendly relations. VTB has been a member of the Board of Trustees since its foundation and a member of the non-commercial The Bolshoi Foundation established in 2002. VTB takes part in many social and charitable programs of the Theatre. Besides, VTB supports the Bolshoi in international promotion programs abroad and finances its tours.