The name Opéra National de Russie is a “label”.
In the Russian Federation, there is no “national” opera house, but many theatres, about thirty establishments, which are officially licensed by the state in the main cities of the Russian Federation.
Ballets and operas of Russian origin are renowned throughout the world, but State Theatres are little known to the general public.
These include Chelyabinsk, Kazan, Saratov, Rostov Theatres on Don, Ufa, Moscow, Samara, Saransk, Perm, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, etc. The term “national” is not used in Russian, the exact name used in the Russian Federation is for example “Bashkir Ballet Opera Theatre (Ufa)” or “Chelyabinsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre”.
When these State Theatres produce shows from their repertoire abroad, particularly in France, it is difficult for the general public to distinguish them from shows produced by companies that have no link with State Theatres.
Opéra National de Russie label thus aims to designate, in a global and comprehensible way for the European public, a performance (ballet and/or opera) which is produced according to an agreement with these State Theatres or with companies which call upon artists from these State Theatres.
The use of Opéra National de Russie label is subject to a usage regulation that Producers who produce a show outside Russia under this label must respect. The main rules are as follows:
I – For each production, the Producer must sign with a Russian State Theatre, an agreement that authorizes the producer to present the show provided by the State Theatre.
II – The Theatre must provide the Producer with the material (sets, costumes, etc.) to produce the show and/or second personnel (artists, dancers, choir members, technicians, etc.) and/or authorize the Producer to directly recruit Theatre personnel.
III – The Theatre must authorize the producer to perform the show for a tour in France and Europe, for a fixed duration.
IV – The Producer will be free and responsible for recruiting the orchestra that will accompany the show, independently of any agreement with a State Theatre, the selection of the orchestra having to respect the criteria of competence, quality and professionalism necessary to guarantee the fair interpretation of the works presented to the public.
V – The Producer must use the label on its communication media (posters, brochures, DVD and/or website, etc.), in addition to its trade name. It should also mention the label associated with the name of the State Theatre or the company, for example: Opéra National de Russie – M.I. Glinka Chelyabinsk, with information about the said Theatre, in communication media, including the brochure and the website.