Stars in the Palace Square

Dancers from the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre are to make their traditional contribution to the Classics in the Palace Square gala, which will take place on May 26. Curated by the St. Petersburg administration, this concert celebrates the city's founding anniversary and is the largest open-air event dedicated to classical art.

Classics in the Palace Square is a succession of completely unique theatrical segments; each has its very own digital scenery, elaborate costumes, and complex original choreography to complement the music and the plot. This turns every scene, played by world-famous classical song and dance stars, into a mini-show in its own right. The Leonid Yacobson troupe, joined by other distinguished ballet performers, will create choreographic sketches of various genres to accompany such popular music pieces as the Chorus from Gaetano Donizetti's Don Pasquale, Count Tassilo's aria from Imre Kálmán's Countess Maritza, Silva's aria from the eponymous operetta (also by Imre Kálmán), Vincenzo di Chiara's Vieni (also known as La Spagnola), and the famous Funiculì, Funiculà Neapolitan song by Luigi Denza.

The dancers' costumes have been based on designs by the reputable theatre artist Tatiana Noginova.