On May 31, Bosco di Ciliegi celebrated the company’s 30th anniversary, the 20th anniversary of the Cherry Forest Open Art Festival, and the 10th anniversary of the Oleg Yankovsky “Artistic Discovery” Prize at the Grand Hall of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory.
The “Artistic Discovery” prize is awarded for achievements in the field of art: theatre, music, cinema, literature, sports, and public endeavors.
The prize is awarded on May 32 — the day created by Baron Munchhausen, memorably performed by Oleg Yankovsky. Yankovsky was one of the people behind the establishment of the Cherry Forest Open Art Festival and was the president of the festival board of trustees since the festival’s inception.
This year the handmade Murano glass cherry tree statuette was awarded to the following people.
“Artistic Recovery” Nomination. Russian medic, head doctor of the Moscow City Clinical Hospital #52, Mariana Lysenko. The prize was presented by Vladimir Spivakov.
“The past horrible year was a real discovery for all of us. We got to see Russian medicine in a whole new light. This prize is for all of us. Don’t forget to get vaccinated!” – Mariana Lysenko.
“Artistic Life with Russia”. Legendary opera singer, conductor, and world-famous artist Plácido Domingo. The prize was presented by Mikhail Kusnirovich.
“Artistic Arrival” Nomination. For acting roles in the new production of the legendary “Memorial Prayer” at Lenkom Theater, originally featuring the famous Evgeny Leonov, – his son Andrey Leonov and Sergey Stepanchenko. The prize was presented by Filipp Yankovsky.
“Receiving acknowledgement from those closest to you is especially valuable. It’s wonderful to know that somebody is thinking about you, cares about you. Mikhail Kusnirovich has enough kind-heartedness to spare.” – Sergey Stepanchenko.
“Artistic Beauty” Nomination. For the role of Volkhova in the opera Sadko – opera singer Aida Garifullina. The prize was presented by Denis Matsuev.
“The close-knit family atmosphere is remarkable. It’s also a boon to be able to perform once more with my favourite colleagues with whom we frequently sang together in opera and concert.” – Aida Garifullina.
“Artistic Attitude” Nomination. For an artistic attitude to their roles in the production of “Gorbachev” – Chulpan Khamatova and Evgeny Mironov. This is the second time both actors are awarded the prize. Mironov won his first prize for the “Pushkin Fairytales”, while Khamatova was recognized for the production of “Enemies. A Love Story” adapted from Isaac Bashevis Singer. The prize was presented by Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė and Ekaterina Moiseeva.
“Today there are many beautiful women in the audience. I would like to admit my love for just three of them. Chulpan, I love you!” – Evgeny Mironov. Evgeny also sent kind wishes to his mother and Edith Kusnirovich.
“It’s great that some things, like the Cherry Forest Festival, remain unchanging. I do hope that we always experience as much love elsewhere as in this single moment.” – Chulpan Khamatova.
“Artistic Dedication” Nomination. For an incomparable contribution to the development of the Cherry Forest Open Art Festival – Cherry Forest Open Art Festival executive director Edith Kusnirovich who is behind the many discoveries that were presented to the public over the last 15 years. The prize was presented by Ildar Abdrazakov, Denis Matsuev, and Vasily Ladyuk.
“We are a part of the Bosco Family. Every family must have a mother figure. It is my privilege to present this award to our mother figure – Edith Kusnirovich.” – Vasily Ladyuk.
“It is a great honour for me to have been a friend of Oleg Yankovsky and it is a great pleasure to be here today with Ladyuk, Abdrazakov, and all the other young men. Thank you all so much. I do hope that my small contribution to the Cherry Forest Festival helped my son gain a foothold in the cultural life of Moscow.” – Edith Kusnirovich.
“Artistic Truth of Life” Nomination. For his sincere approach to art – photographer Yuri Rost. His latest exhibition at GUM “Contemporaries of Sovremennik” encompasses the quintessential moments in the life of the famous theatre over the past several decades. The prize was presented by Sati Spivakova.
The Great Hall also hosted a grand opera gala in two parts. To join the celebrations, one of the greatest modern opera singers and conductors Plácido Domingo came to Moscow. His brilliant talent is recognized both by lovers of classical music and international critics. For the first time in the world Plácido Domingo was joined during the Bosco Jubilee Concert on stage by the crème de la crème of classical music and great friends of the Cherry Forest Open Art Festival: Mariinsky Theatre artist, winner of several Grammy Awards Ildar Abdrazakov, pianist and People’s Artist of the Russian Federation Denis Matsuev, opera singer and Merited Artist of the Russian Federation Aida Garifullina, famous opera singers Vasily Ladyuk and Dmitry Korchak. The singers were accompanied by the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia headed by Vladimir Spivakov. Each of the artists on stage was awarded the “Artistic Discovery” Prize in the past.
Denis Matsuev opened the concert with the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1. Though it was almost literally his 300th performance of that famous piece, Matsuev displayed boundless energy: “This unique oasis for artists was created by Mikhail Kusnirovich, a man of many talents and a keen sense of humour. Kusnirovich stages performances, directs, and produces, he understands the nuances of playing Tchaikovsky and the pas-de-deux of ballerinas dancing at the Bolshoi. Everyone pays close attention to what he has to say.”
The artists presented numerous great pieces: Song About a Mother performed by Aida Garifullina, the famous arioso of Herman “Forgive me, celestial creature” from The Queen of Spades performed by Plácido Domingo, My Way by Claude François performed as a duet by Ildar Abdrazakov and Plácido Domingo, the duet of Nemorino and Belcore from L’elisir d’Amore performed by Dmitry Korchak and Vasily Ladyuk, the legendary Granada performed by Plácido Domingo among many other jewels. Maestro Vladimir Spivakov personally handled the solo violin! The concert concluded with a rendition of Moscow Nights performed by all the singers and the head of Bosco di Ciliegi Mikhail Kusnirovich.
Luminaries from the worlds of culture, politics, sports, and social endeavours were present at the event: Vladimir Pozner, Xenia Sobchak, Konstantin Bogomolov, Alika Smekhova, Leonid Pechatnikov, Alexander Kibovsky, Kristina Orbakaitė, Tatyana Tarasova, Tatyana and Nikita Mikhalkov, Oksana Lavrentieva and Alexander Tsypkin, Yulia Peresild, Mikhail Shvydkoy, Sati Kazanova, Ekaterina Strizhenova, Alexander Karelin, Anna Banschtschikova, Andrey Sharonov, Daria Poverennova, Vladimir Pyzhakov, Olga Slutsker, Olga Golodets, Irina Rodnina, Irina Slutskaya, Pyotr Nalich, Pasquale Terracciano, Margarita Korolyova, Vladimir Medinsky, Svetlana Zhurova, Larisa Rubalskaya, Svetlana Khorkina, Nikolai Fomenko, Kirill Kleymenov, Alexander Rodnyansky, and many other friends of Bosco Family.
The concert concluded well after midnight and, in the words of many guests, was the finest in the history of the Cherry Forest Open Art Festival.