The Great Waltz
Undoubtedly waltz takes special place among all dances. Nowadays it’s impossible to imagine, but at the end of the 18th century the motions of waltz were considered indecent. Indignation concerning the fact that “sensual and obscene dance” waltz was included in the royal ball program was expressed by “The Times”. Nevertheless waltz rapidly became extremely popular, and in the 19th century became the main dance of all balls. Waltz began its great move from Vienna thanks to famous compositions by “waltz king” Johann Strauss the Son. It’s interesting to know that waltz has penetrated into “serious” music: into ballet, opera, then into symphony, and finally becomes separate concert form.
Daria Zykova got a first-class degree from Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in 2005 (I.I. Maslennikova’s class). In 2009 she completed her postgraduate studies at the Conservatory. She debuted at The Bolshoi Theatre as Papagena (Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” staged by Graham Vick) in 2008. The same year she sang the role of Mercedes (Bizet’s “Carmen” staged by David Pountney). In 2010 she sang the role of Adele in the premiere performance of “The Bat” by Strauss (conductor – Cristophe-Mathias Mueller, director – Vasily Barkhatov). Latest works include Marianne (“Der Rosenkavalier” by R. Strauss, conductor Vasily Sinayski, director Steven Lawless, 2012). She gives concerts in Russia and beyond. In 2005 she won the right to give a series of solo concerts in the USA (Indianapolis, Indiana). She performed in Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, South Korea, Lithuania, Poland, Moldova, Estonia, the USA, and Japan. Received Russian Order of Merit in 2014 and Order of Distinction from Serbian Patriarchy in 2012.