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The Symphony Orchestra of the Rostov State Opera and Ballet was established in 1999. Today it numbers more than one hundred highly-skilled professionals, who graduated from some of the most prestigious music academies: Moscow, St Petersburg, Minsk, Rostov state conservatories. The theatre  performs a wide range of the opera and ballet classical music repertoire such as the compositions by Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Donizetti, Ravel, Gounod, Minkus, J. Strauss, Offenbach, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev, Borodin and many others.
The orchestra performs not only the music for the theatre productions but also to appear on the stage with big concert programmes. Among them are the annual traditional «Christmas concerts» and «Encore concerts», various vocal and symphony programmes, concerts of the symphonic works of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Rakhmaninov and many others.
Many musicians from the orchestra participated in 2008 in the Festival of the best world orchestras (Moscow). The brilliant performance by the orchestra contributed to many successful European tours, and the winning of the National theatre award Golden Mask, in 2005 and in 2011. The orchestra has enjoyed success on the most prestigious stages in Great Britain, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Italy and in Russia at the Bolshoi Theatre, Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg Mikhailovsky Theatre and others.
A number of notable conductors have worked fruitfully with the orchestra, among them Andrey Galanov, Alexander Anissimov, Pavel Klinichev (Russia), Maurizio Dones, Marchello Motadelli, Giovanni Froio (Italy), Robert Lyall (USA) and others. Thanks to the enthusiasm and the technique of the young soloists the chamber ensembles such as the string quartette Benefit and ensemble of violinists headed by Sergey Nesterov were established.

Andrey Anikhanov

Andrey Anikhanov was born in St. Petersburg in 1965 and studied at the Glinka Choral College of St.Petersburg Academic Capella before attending the St.Petersburg State Conservatoire Rimsky-Korsakov, for both choral conducting (prof. E.Koudriavtseva) and opera-symphony conducting (prof. A. Dmitriev).
In 1989 he was invited to the Mussorgsky(Mikhailovsky) State Opera and Ballet Theatre in St.Petersburg where he was principal conductor from 1992-2008.
From 1991-1996 was also the artistic director and principal conductor of St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra.
Other orchestras he has conducted include: St.Petersburg Philarmonic Orchestra; Russian National Symphony Orchestra; St. Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra; Orchestra Teatro Bellini; Orchestra Sinfonica di Sicilia; Santa-Fe Symhony Orchestra; Kyoto Symphony Orchestra; National Orchestra Lithuania; Grasline Opera(Nantes,France); Asami Maki Ballet (Japan); Theater Vanemuine(Estonia).
Andrey Anikhanov has also conducted in the USA, Japan, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Finland, The Netherlands, Poland, South Korea, Estonia, Kazakhstan etc.
Between 1993and 2008 he recorded 30 CDs with the State Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra of the Mussorgsky Theatre for such renowned labels as: AUDIOPHILE CLASSICS, NAXOS, MARCO POLO, MELODIA, GOOD HOPE etc.
He was music director of St. Petersburg Easter Festival from 1992-1996. He twice received the St. Petersburg Lord-Mayor Award for art and literature, and in 1999 he received the high title of Honored Artist of Russia.
In 2009- 10  he has been a guest conductor at the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, Roma Opera House, and the New City Symphony Orchestra(Tokyo, Japan).
Andrey Anikhanov was appointed Principal Conductor of Rostov State Opera and Ballet in September 2010.


Maurizio Dones was born in Milan in 1954. He graduated from the music conservatory in Milan as an instrumentalist (violin, viola, piano), composer and symphony conductor. His career began in theatre Frascinia (Pavia) where he conducted a symphony orchestra. Maestro Dones is a founder and principal conductor of the theatre Marucina (Kieti). He has conducted at Covent Garden (Rondine by Puccini), La Scala (Lucrezia Borgia by Donizetti) and opera houses in Rome. The Maestro has conducted symphony orchestras in some of Italy’s biggest concert halls (Auditorium and New Auditiorium in Rome) and European concert halls. Maurizio Dones conducted a symphony orchestra at the concerts of opera stars Jose Carreras and Raina Kabaivanska. He conducted a concert of symphony music in Nervi hall (Vatican). This grand concert in the Vatican in 1999 was broadcast all over the world. The unprecedented number of musicians in the orchestra (about 400) required particular conducting skills. The programme included the Mass Pro Beatificatione Di Padre Pio (soloist Jose Carreras). Since 2005 Maestro Dones has been a principal guest conductor of the Rostov State Musical Theatre, starting with the staging of the opera La Traviata by Verdi. Among the musical pieces conducted by the Maestro in our theatre are the popular overture to L’italiana in Algeri by Rossini, one of the best and the most dramatic compositions of Ravel, his Concerto for the Left Hand, and the Ninth Symphony of Beethoven. The concert of the symphony music dedicated to the 250th anniversary of Mozart and the opera Die Zauberflöte became significant events in the musical life of our city.
Maestro Dones has long been a favourite of the orchestra musicians and the audience for his deep understanding of music, delicate shading, and inimitable creative atmosphere which he generates both in rehearsal and during the performance.