Today Ivan is celebrating his birthday. Thanks to all the fans for congratulations from different part of the world!
Steampunk is finally here!
Don’t miss a chance to see Ivan in Russia’s first Steampunk movie project Corset. The story revolves around a Master producing breathtaking corsets in mysterious Twignburg city.
What role will Ivan play in this movie? The producers still keep it a secret increasing the suspension… Any guess?
The movie project features movie and msuicals stars Vadim Demchog, Ivan Ozhogin, Julia Laserson, Vera Sveshnikova and others. It is also the first-ever movie project in Russia where spectators can become shareholders and contribute to its development!
Walk into the Magical Twignburg City and Discover the Secrets of the Corset!
On Sunday, April 12, Ivan is performing his 100th show as the Phantom of the Opera.
The legendary musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber premiered in Moscow on October 4, 2014. In the Russian production Ivan Ozhogin performs together with other musical and TV stars: Tamara Kotova, Elena Bakhtiyarova, Dmitry Ermak, Evgeny Zaitsev and others. Aleksei Ivashenko is the author of the Russian text.
Since the opening night more than 500,000 spectators have seen the show, and the ticket sales amounted to one billion rubles, the Stage Entertainment press service reports.
“Every show is completely different and depends on so many factors: the partners, the spectators,” says Ivan. So far the artist says he has really enjoyed coming out on stage every night and working in such a friendly international team.
Performing the role of the Phantom has been Ivan’s dream since college. “When I read Gaston Leroux’ novel many years ago, I knew almost instantaneously that I was bound to play the Phantom. I am grateful to the creators and the producers of the musical for making his dream come true.”
Many spectators seem to sympathize with the Phantom. “He is an ingenious master and creator,” says Ivan about his character. “He is writing amazing music out of love and despair, and exactly love and passion for Christine forces him to commit crimes.” However, the artist tends to advocate for the character he is playing: “If a spectator after the show sympathizes with the Phantom and does not accept Christine’s choice, I think I am on the right way,” says Ivan.
On Sunday of April 12th, which happens to be the Russian Orthodox Easter, Ivan will sing the beautiful and challenging arias of the Phantom for the 100th time.
Not coincidentally Ivan has been a lead singer at the Ugresha Monastery near Moscow and is one of the creators of the professional choir at this monastery.
A good cause – awakening the awareness of sick children – brought together on March 11th celebrated artists and musicians at the Raikin Theater in St. Petersburg.
Yuri Galtsev, Ivan Ozhogin, Anna Malysheva, Ivan Krasko and other artists performed songs and read poems by Russian authors and mentioned how important it is to help those in need. “This is the right way,” said Ivan Ozhogin after reading a touching poem by Klevensky and Apukthin and singing several famous romance songs.
The organizers of the concert, the St. Petersburg charity foundation “When you are needed,” hold annual concerts and raise funds for sick children. The young foundation has already conducted several successful fundraising events.
Despite the challenging economic situation the concert hall was filled, and the spectators, touched by deeply emotional performances, gladly donated money by purchasing souvenirs.
On a snowy winter night of February 5 Ivan Ozhogin performed together with one of Russia’s most renowned choir named after Alexander Yurlov. The artist sang The Music of the Night from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. Together with the singer Olga Nefedova he also performed the Duet of the Phantom and Christine.
The show was directed by the choir’s leader Gennady Dmitryak and accompanied by the Russian Song Symphonic Orchestra.
Photo © Alexander Utyupin
On January 17 Ivan premiered as Jekyll & Hyde in the new musical staged at the St. Petersburg Theater for Musical Comedy. The famous musical by Frank Wildhorn was directed by well-known Hungarian director KERO and gathered together the stars from the Dance of the Vampires, a musical that brought international success to the theater.
Photos © Sergey Zhuravliev
On December 16 the St. Petersburg Philharmonics cradled the most outstanding fragments from musicals written by Andrew Lloyd Webber at the XV International Winter Festival The Arts Square. Jesus Christ Superstar, CATS, Evita, The Phantom of the Opera and many others great stories of romance, passion, life and death came to life in the Northern Capital that night.
Recognized musical stars Ivan Ozhogin and Maria Elizarova performed alongside well-known opera singers Olesya Petrova and Dmitry Voropaev. The Philharmonics Symphonic Orchestra under the guidance of Italian maestro Fabio Mastrangelo accompanied the soloists and the spectators throughout the breathtaking musical journey.
In his message to the public, the composer Andrew Lloyd Webber underlined that he was delighted that a concert of his music found such a resonance in Yuri Temirkhanov’s Festival. “I trust that my music brings you as much pleasure as composing it brought to me,” reads the message.
“Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music purifies you,” said Ivan Ozhogin after the show. “Ten years ago when I started my career and was performing in CATS, I admired how diverse, thoughtful and charming musical pieces created by this master are. And today I feel extremely happy and honored to have performed Webber’s masterpieces with fabulous musicians for the St. Petersburg public.”
At the time Ivan Ozhogin is performing the Phantom at Moscow’s Phantom of the Opera.
Photo © Sergey Zhuravliev
On November 14 Ivan Ozhogin performed in the new show program called “Musical Hollywood” at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow. The program featured the best musical pieces from famous Hollywood motion and animation films. Fantastic music by Enrique Morricone, John Barry, Elton John evoked the best memories connected with the movie masterpieces.
Ivan Ozhogin sang famous hits such as “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (The Lion King) and “One Jump Ahead” (Alladin) together with other opera and musical stars Natalya Bystrova and Anna Buturlina.
The Russian State Symphony Orchestra of Cinematography under Sergey Spripka’s guidance, the Yurlov Russian State Academic Choir as well as well-known violinist Count Murzha accompanied the musicians and spectators across this one-in-a-life-time musical journey.
Should you be in Saint Petersburg on December 17th, just a week before Christmas, don’t miss a chance to spend a splendid and bright musical evening with actor and singer Ivan Ozhogin and one of Russia’s best traditional bands Esse Quintet. You will hear the best hits and instrumental classics that will help you recall the best moments of the year…
More at www.chaplin-hall.ru
Dear All! You are invited to visit the brand-new official Ivan Ozhogin fanshop: www.ivanozhogin.com/shop. Here you can browse and shop for postcards, t-shirts, bags and much more with the image of your favorite actor!
All items are produced using the most innovative and ecologically friendly technologies. Even more: shop and do good, as partial profits from every purchase will be donated to charity.
In November Ivan Ozhogin will make his debut in the Moscow production of the world’s first 3D musical Pola Negri. Ivan will perform the parts of the German movie director Ernst Lubitsch and Georgian Prince Mdivani.
The first 3D musical in the world, directed by Polish director Janusz Yuzefovich and based on the music of Janusz Stoklosa, tells the story of Pola Negri, the first European superstar in Hollywood during the silent and golden eras, the conqueror of the hearts of Ernst Lubitsch, Charlie Chaplin and Rudolph Valentino.
The show is a combination of theater and 3D cinema technologies. Actors perform in virtual space, while the audience watches the show play out in full stereoscopy, giving the illusion of layers of depth. The musical creators designed 30 changes of scenery, including flying aircrafts and airships and floating ocean liners, running horses and rolling cars.
The original cast includes Russian and foreign theater and movie stars: Natasza Urbańska, Teona Dolnikova, Irina Medvedeva, Ivan Ozhogin, Maxim Leonidov, Gosha Kutsenko, Boris Smolkin and others.
More at www.polanegri.ru
Ivan Ozhogin & Elena Bakhtiyarova perform from Phantom of the Opera at Russia’s TV show Number 1 – Vecherny Urgant!
Ivan Ozhogin spoke at Moscow Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy held at People’s Friendship University, on his role as a cultural Ambassador and role of music as cultural diplomacy. Ivan Ozhogin was at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin earlier this year and once more showed his committement and support to the field of cultural diplomacy.
A new musical premiere is just around the corner!
This winter Ivan Ozhogin returns to the St. Petersburg Theater for Musical Comedy to star as Jekyll in Frank Wildhorn’s musical Jekyll & Hyde.
Along with Ozhogin, the cast will include other stars from the Dance of the Vampires, a renowned musical that packed the theater halls for the last three years. Kirill Gordeev, Rostislav Kolpakov, Elena Gasaeva and Vera Sveshnikova are also said to appear on stage.
Hungarian director Miklos-Gabor Kerenyi alias KERO came to Russia to guide the new musical production.
Jekyll & Hyde is a musical thriller based on the novel The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.
The opening night is scheduled for December 4, 2014.
Shows will run on December 5, 6 and 7.
For more information go to: http://www.spbmuzcomedy.com/news1/jekyll_and_hyde/
The researsals for The Phantom of the Opera are going on full speed in Moscow. Ivan Ozhogin will perform the role of the Phantom together with Dmitry Ermak.
In the meantime, the Russian team of «The Phantom of the Opera» has been challenged with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by their sister Phantom team in Hamburg, Germany.
In their turn, the Russian team challenged Sarah Brightman, Moskav-24 TV editorial staff and their friends from The Beauty and the Best musical in Moscow.
Donations are accepted at www.podari-zhizn.ru.
More about ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html
The legendary musical is scheduled to premiere in Moscow on October 4, 2014. Ivan Ozhogin will become of one the performers of Phantom in the award-winning theatrical production.
The Phantom of the Opera is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, its central plot revolves around a beautiful soprano, Christine Daaé, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius. The musical opened in London’s West End in 1986, and on Broadway in 1988. Since then Phantom has been staged in more than 150 cities in 30 countries and is said to be the most financially successful entertainment event to date.
In its Moscow production Ivan Ozhogin will perform together with Dmitry Ermak, Evgeny Zaitsev and others. Aleksei Ivashenko is the author of the Russian text.
“It is a great honor for every musical artist to perform in Phantom of the Opera,” says Ozhogin. “This musical is the ultimate classics of its genre and is a real artistic challenge.”
In the past Ivan Ozhogin already performed some of Phantom’s arias in the show “The Broadway Hits” and “The Broadway Stars” as well as in solo concerts.
Tickets for Phantom of the Opera available at: http://phantom-musical.ru/sale
On July 31st Roman Polanski’s musical Dance of the Vampires is closing its curtains on stage of the St. Petersburg Theater for Musical Comedy. Since the premiere on September 3, 2011 Ivan Ozhogin played the leading part of Count von Krolock in the musical.
The actor was awarded Russia’s highest theater awards The Golden Mask and The Musical Heart of the Theater for this role. Last year Ivan played the same part in the German production of Tanz der Vampire in Berlin. He became the first Russian actor to get cast in the original German production and the only actor who performed the same role in two different languages and in two different countries at the same time. Over the course of the last three years Ivan Ozhogin performed in more than 100 shows in Berlin and more than 200 shows in St. Petersburg.
“Tanz der Vampire is a very spectacular theatrical production that was created by ingenious masters such as Roman Polanski, Jim Steinman and Michael Kunze. This musical has amazing music, decorations and costumes and, in my opinion, carries a positive message. This musical is about us, about our life,” says Ozhogin. “I created an image of an intellectual and suffering evil that has human thoughts and emotions. Our way to the light and good is thorny and in all my roles I try to evoke the feelings that can help people go through it.”
Last weekend singer and actor Ivan Ozhogin made a comeback to the German capital with two solo concerts. On May 10th the singer performed musical, rock and jazz hit at frannz Club that is one of the most famous clubs in former Eastern Berlin and is now part of the so-called Cultural Brewery.
“I am happy to return to Berlin with solo concerts,” said actor and singer Ivan Ozhogin, known to the German public as the last Count von Krolock in Roman Polanski’s Dance of the Vampires.
The following night Ivan Ozhogin gave a concert of Russian classical romance songs at the famous Russian House of Science and Culture in Berlin. The show also featured guest stars – musical actress and singer Mercedesz Csampai and renowned accordion player Aydar Gaynullin. The packed audience included well-known politicians, businessmen and journalists. A special guest at the concert was Marcia Barrett, formerly a lead singer at Boney M who was thrilled to be part of the event and get emerged into the Russian culture and music.
Ivan Ozhogin will perform one of the main parts – the part of Woland – in the new musical Master & Margarita, named after Mikhail Bulgakov’s cognominal novel. Master & Margarita is scheduled to premiere on September 18, 2014 in Music Hall in Saint Petersburg.
The story is woven around a visit by the Devil, named Woland, to the fervently atheistic Soviet Union in late 1930s. Many critics consider Master & Margarita to be one of the best novels of the 20th century, and the foremost of Soviet satires.
“I am thrilled to take part in the new theatrical production based on this amazing novel and appear on stage as Woland,” commented Ivan Ozhogin on his participation in the musical. “Woland’s character is by far one of the most controversial in the Russian literature.”
Tickets available at www.bileter.ru
On March 25 the painting by Ivan Ozhogin was sold at a special auction in Hotel Astoria to raise funds for local girls. The auction was the closing part of the “Paintings by Outstanding People” fundraising project where non-professional artists including local politicians, businessmen, sportsmen and artists did art work for charity.
Ivan Ozhogin’s painting picturing the Lomonosov Bridge over the Fontanka River in St. Petersburg was auctioned at the price of $900. Together with the art work of actress Svetlana Vilhelm-Plashevskaya it became the most expensive lot at the auction. Both actors perform the main parts in the Pola Negri musical and sang a few songs from it after the auction.
The raised funds – about $15,000 – will be donated to the families of three local girls – Marina Zyazina (10), Masha Brushneva (7) and Olga Evkaykina (13) who are in need of expensive medical treatment.
“I am very happy to take part in this project,” said the star of the musicals The Dance of the Vampires and Pola Negri Ivan Ozhogin. “It is imperative for everyone to help to those in need in any way they can.”
The project “Paintings by Outstanding People” was supported by the city administration, local UNESCO chapters and the Gaudeamus charity foundation for youth.
On March 16 Ivan Ozhogin returned to Russia’s capital with a solo concert. The singer performed famous musical songs, jazz and rock hits on the stage of the legendary Glastonberry Pub.
“I gave my last concert in Moscow about three years ago and I am very happy to return,” said Ivan Ozhogin. According to the artist, his main theatrical and concert activities take place in St. Petersburg but Moscow has always been “the cradle of his career.”
On March 1 Ivan Ozhogin, the star of the musicals The Dance of the Vampires and Pola Negri, met with his fans at the book store Bukvoed in St. Petersburg. The meeting symbolized the beginning of the Month of the Theater at Bukvoed.
Ivan Ozhogin told the visitors at the meeting about the beginnings of his career, his favorite composers and singers and answered their questions. Authors of most interesting questions received souvenirs and tickets to the new 3D musical Pola Negri.
Last Saturday of January saw a number of talented singers, winners of the Russian romance song contest Romansiada, come together on Russia’s main stage at the Kremlin.
Best Russian romance and pop songs were performed to the sounds of the symphonic orchestra by such stars of the genre as Marina Poplavskaya, Larissa Lusta, Evgeny Yuzhin, Karina Serbina, Ivan Ozhogin and others.
“It has been an honor for me to sing on the main stage of the country with so many other talented performers of the Russian romance songs,” said Ivan Ozhogin after the concert. The singer performed the famous romance song “The Roads Running All Along” from the TV series “The Secrets of St. Petersburg.”
One of the most famous Russian choir performing abroad – Bolshoi Don Cossacks Choir – returned to St. Petersburg from Vienna to sing Russian folk and church music in unique interpretation. Ivan Ozhogin’s solo songs “Snowstorm” and “The Evening Bells” were accompanied by impressive video projections and voices varying from bass-baritone to ultra-tenor.
“I am very happy to perform once again with this legendary Russian choir under the guidance of Peter Khudyakov after an almost two-year break,” said Ozhogin. Since 2009 Ozhogin tours Russia and Europe with this choir. The choir is the successor of the first Russian ensemble founded in 1921 by Sergey Zharov in Austria. Now it includes soloists from leading European theaters.