Victor Gerasimenko (Set Designer)|
Viktor Gerasimenko is the Art Director of the Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow, an Honoured Artist of Russia, a member of the Theatrical Workers’ Union, a member of the Moscow Artists’ Union, a member of the International Academy of Information, a prize-winner of the All-Russia Drama Festival of Peoples of Russia (1980).
Viktor Gerasimenko works in different genres, including scenic design for theatrical productions and concerts, easel painting and drawing. He graduated from the Ryazan Arts School in 1968 and the Leningrad State Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinematography. He worked at the Ryazan Youth Theatre, the Ryazan Drama Theatre, the Korolenko Russian Drama Theatre in Izhevsk, the Udmurt Drama Theatre, the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre, and was a trainee at the Pushkin Academic Theatre in Leningrad. Viktor Gerasimenko has made over 100 opera, ballet and drama productions in Russia cities, such as Perm, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Ufa, Saratov, Izhevsk, Ryazan, Grozny and others.
The artist has been collaborating with the Novaya Opera Theatre since 1995 (in 2001, he was appointed art director of the theatre). He has designed the sets for the following productions: Verdi’s I due Foscari, Rubinstein’s The Demon, the opera mix "Bravissimo!", the musical tribute "Maria Callas", Valgardt’s The Cat’s House, Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila. The Demon was nominated for the Golden Mask Prize and was given a special diploma of the Moscow Opera Festival on the occasion of the quadricentennial of the opera in the “Best Opera Production Designer” category (2000).
Viktor Gerasimenko was also the scenic designer of important government concerts, such as “Golden Voices of Russia - to Alexander Pushkin” Gala Concert in Red Square on June 6, 1999 (conductor: Valery Gergiyev), the Gala concert of ballet stars in honour of Anna Pavlova (on the occasion of UNESCO’s 50th anniversary).