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 the Don, Ufa, Moscow, Samara, Saransk, Perm, Krasnodar, St. Petersburg, 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 export shows from their repertoire abroad, especially to France, it is difficult for the general public to sort between shows provided by State Theatres and those produced by companies not linked to State Theatres.
The 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 the 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 an agreement with a Russian State Theatre, which authorizes the producer to operate the show provided by the State Theatre.
II – The State Theatre must hold the licence to operate the show and must produce or have produced the show.
III – 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.
IV – As the holder of the licence to operate the show, the Theatre must authorise the producer to perform the show on tour in France and Europe for a fixed period.
V – The Producer will be free and responsible to recruit the orchestra accompanying the show, independently of any agreement with a State Theatre (any play back being prohibited), the selection of the orchestra must respect the criteria of competence, quality and professionalism necessary to guarantee the fair interpretation of the works presented to the public.
VI – 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: Russian National Opera – M.I. Glinka Chelyabinsk, with information about the said Theatre, in communication media, including the brochure and the website.