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2nd Odessa International Festival of Arts

2nd Odessa International Festival of Arts


About the festival

II International Festival of Arts at the Odessa Opera - 2013

June 1 - June 9, 2013

Organizers:

● The Odessa National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet
● ArtPoint

The programme of the Festival

June 1, 2013 
9:00 p.m.

Opening night for the Festival
Theatre Square
Premiere oреn air
Carl Orff
Scenic cantata Carmina Burana

Soprano - Nadezhda Sychiuk  
Tenor - Vladislav Gorai, Honoured Artist of Ukraine
Baritone - Alexander Striuk

Conductor - Aleksandru Samoile, Principal Conductor of the Odessa Opera, People’s Artist of the Republic of Moldova
Stage Director - Valery Raku, Honoured Art Worker of Russia
Chorus Master - Leonid Butenko, Honoured Art Worker of Ukraine
Choreographer - Yuri Vasyuchenko, Honoured Artist of Russia
Costume Designer - Zlata Tsirtsens
Lighting Designer - Vyacheslav Usherenko
Artistic Director for the Children’s Choir Gems of Odessa - Larisa Harbuz

June 2, 2013
6:30 p.m.

Premiere
Igor Stravinsky
The Firebird
The Rite of Spring

Ballets in 1 act

Choreographer - George Kovtun , Honoured Art Worker of Russia, People’s Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan
Conductor - Aleksandru Samoile, Principal Conductor of the Odessa Opera, People’s Artist of the Republic of Moldova
Scenic Designer - Stanislav Zaitsev, Honoured Painter of Ukraine
Costume designer - Elena Lesnikova, Zlata Tsirtsens

Maria Polyudova, The Odessa Ballet soloist. Honoured Artist of the Republic of Moldova
Ekaterina Kalchenko, The Odessa Ballet artist
Sergiy Dotsenko, The Odessa Ballet artist. Honoured Artist of Ukraine
Volodymir Statny, The Odessa Ballet artist. Honoured Artist of the Republic of Moldova
Pavlo Gryts, The Odessa Ballet artist
Dmytro Bartosh, The Odessa Ballet artist
Svyatoslav Kvachuk, The Odessa Ballet artist


June 4, 2013
3:30 p.m.

Small stage Bel-Etage
Premiere

Dmytro Bortniansky
Alcide
Opera in 2 acts
Back dropped concert performance
Sung in the original language

Music director and conductor - Oksana Lyniv
Stage director - Sergiy Zuenko, Honoured Artist of Ukraine
Costume designer - Sergiy Vasyliev
Lighting Designer - Vyacheslav Usherenko

Alcide - Irina Berlizova , Honoured Artist of Ukraine
Fronim - Vladislav Gorai, Honoured Artist of Ukraine
Edonida - Alyona Kistenyova
Aretrea - Anastasia Holub

Other performers:
The Odessa Opera orchestra, the Odessa Opera ballet;
Choir Oriana of the Odessa Oblast center for Ukrainian Culture, Artistic Director Galina Shpak;
Children’s choir of the P.S. Stoliarsky Specialized Music Boarding School, Artistic Director Tetyana Yakovchuk


June 5, 2013
6:30 p.m.

Giuseppe Verdi
Aida
Opera in 3 acts
Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni based on a scenario by Auguste Mariette


Music Director and Producing Conductor - Aleksandru Samoile, People’s Artist of The Republic of Moldova
Stage Director - Carlo Antonio de Lucia (Italy)
Designer - Alessandra Polimeno (Italy)
Choreographer - Yuri Vasyuchenko, Honoured Artist of Russia
Chorus Master - Leonid Butenko, Honoured Art Worker of Ukraine
Lighting Designer - Vyacheslav Usherenko

Aida - Oksana Kramareva, Soloist of the T. Shevchenko National Opera of Ukraine
Radamès - August Amonov, Soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre (St. Petersburg, Russia)
Amneris - Tatiana Spasskaya, Honored Artist of Ukraine
Ramfis - Michael Kit, Soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre (St. Petersburg, Russia), People’s Artist of Russia
Amonasro - Stanislav Trifonov, Soloist of the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus
The King of Eqypt - Igor Tsarkov
A Messenger - Valeriy Regrut
The High Priestess - Yulia Tereschuk

Conductor - Andrey Yurkevich, conductor of the National Opera and Ballet House of the Republic of Moldova


June 6, 2013
6:30 p.m.

Ludwig Minkus
Don Quixote
Ballet in 3 acts with a prologue
Libretto by Marius Petipa
Based on an episode from the novel Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes

New choreographic version by Honoured Artist of Russia Yury Vasyuchenko
Conductor - Oksana Lyniv
Designer - Natalia Bevzenko-Zinkina, Honoured Painter of Ukraine
Lighting Designer - Vyacheslav Usherenko
Ballet Masters and Ballet Mistresses - Natalia Barysheva, People’s Artist of Ukraine, Olena Baranovska, People’s Artist of Ukraine, Michael Petukhov, People’s Artist of Ukraine, Yury Karlin, Honoured Artist of Ukraine, Nina Stoyan, Honoured Artist of Ukraine
Concertmasters - Lolita Grigoryan, Anastasia Marushko, Lea Tchibalashvili, Inna Shvedenko, Julian Shumakov

Don Quixote, an errant knight - Nikita Elikarov
Sancho Panza, his squire - Mykola Vorivodin
Lorenzo, an innkeeper - Bogdan Chabanyuk
Lorenzo’s wife - Polina Osetrova
Kitri, their daughter - Elena Yevseeva
Basilio, a barber, in love with Kitri - Filipp Stepin   
Gamache, a wealthy nobleman - Yuri Medvedev
Kitri‘s friends - Oleksandra Vorobova, Olga Vorobyova
Espada, a toreador - Sergey Dotsenko, Honoured Artist of Ukriane,
A street dancer - Tetyana Afanutina
Mercedes - Stella Chernova
A gypsy girl - Oksana Tunkevich
The queen of dryads - Alina Khylko
Cupid - Anna Tiutiunnik


June 7, 2013
6:30 pm

Giacomo Puccini
Turandot
Opera in 3 acts

Princess Turandot - Anna Shafajinskaia
The Unknown Prince (Calàf) - Konstantin Andreev
Timur, the deposed King of Tartary - Vasily Navrotsky, People’s artist of Ukraine
Liù, a slave girl - Larisa Zuenko, Honoured Artist of Ukraine
The Emperor Altoum - Sergiy Krasnykh
Ping, Lord Chancellor - Volodymir Murashchenko
Pang, Majordomo - Ruslan Zinevich
Pong, Head chef of the Imperial Kitchen - Oleg Zlakoman
A Mandarin - Ivan Fliak
Turandot's handmaids - Irina Oleksiv, Ekaterina Tsymbalyuk
The Prince of Persia - Mykola Reshetnev

Conductor - Aleksandru Samoile, People’s Artist of The Republic of Moldova
Stage Director - Christian von Götz (Germany)
Designer - Lena Breksendorff (Germany)
Chorus Master - Leonid Butenko, Honoured Art Worker of Ukraine
Choreography - Verena Hierholtzer (Germany)
Lighting Designer - Vyacheslav Usherenko


June 8, 2013
7:00 p.m.

Grand Ballet Gala World ‘s Ballet Stars

The concert programme has scenes from the ballets Swan Lake by P. Tchaikovsky, The Flames of Paris by Boris Asafiev, Scheherazade with the music by N. Rimsky-Korsakov, Spartacus by A. Khachaturian, Carmen Suite by George Bizet and Rodion Shchedrin, Le Corsaire by A. Adam, La Esmeralda and Le Carnaval de Venise by Caesar Pugni, Polovtsian Dances from the opera Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin, choreographic compositions.

The performers are the soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre, the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russian Federation, The Kremlin Ballet, the Shevchenko National Opera of Ukraine, the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.

Anna Antonicheva, People’s Artist of Russia
Elena Filipieva, People’s Artist of Ukraine
Elena Yevseyeva, Honoured Artist of the Udmurt Republic
Aleksandra Timofeeva, Honoured Artist of Russia
Midori Terada
Alina Khylko
Michael Martinyuk, Honoured Artist of Russia
Sergey Sidorsky, Honoured Artist of Ukraine
Ion Kuroshu
Koya Okawa
Stanislav Skrynnik


June 9, 2013
6:30 p.m.

Concert Gala Odessa Stars of the World’s Opera Stage

The concert programme has arias and duets from the operas Rigoletto, Un ballo in maschera, Nabucco, Macbeth, La forza del destino by G. Verdi, Tosca, Turandot by G. Puccini, Lucia de Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti, Tannhäuser by R. Wagner, Andrea Chénier by Umberto Giordano, The Tsar’s Bride by N. Rimsky-Korsakov, Iolanta by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Aleko by S. Rachmaninoff.

The participants:

  • Anna Shafajinskaia, soloist with Royal Opera House Covent Garden (London), Opéra Bastille in Paris, Gran Teatro del Liceu (Barcelona), Deutsche Oper (Berlin)
  • Susanna Chakhoian, soloists of the Shevchenko National Opera of Ukraine, Honoured Artist of Ukraine
  • Oksana Kramareva, soloists of the Shevchenko National Opera of Ukraine
  • Michael Kit, soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre, People’s Artist of Ukraine
  • August Amonov, soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre
  • Vitaly Bilyy, soloist of La Scala, National Opera of Israel and State Opera of Bavaria
  • Tanislav Trifonov, soloist of the Bolshoi National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus
  • Konstantin Andreev, soloist of The Teatro Real (The Royal Theatre) of Madrid

 

Day 1. Carmina Burana

Producing conductor, Principal Conductor of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater 

Aleksandru SAMOILE 
People’s Artist of Moldova

Laureate of State Prize and The Knight Order of Merit of The Republic of Moldova, prizewinner of The Irina Arkhipova’s Fund in 2001 (Gold Medal).

Aleksandru Samoile graduated from The Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatoire (Prof. V. Stoller and A. Yanson’s class), as well as The Mussorgsky Ural State Conservatoire (Prof. Mark Paverman’s class).

Being Principal Conductor and Artistic Director in the National Opera of The Republic of Moldova from 1981 till 2003 Aleksandru Samoile worked with The National Orchestra of Russia, The Tchaikovsky Grand Symphony Orchestra, The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, The New Philharmonic Tokyo (Japan), and The Orchestra of National Radio of Romania.

Aleksandru Samoile has conducted in The Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, The Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Musical Theatre, The St. Petersburg Mikhailovsky Theatre, in the opera houses of Kyiv, Minsk, Samara, Chelyabinsk, Ufa, Yekaterinburg and other cities. 

On conducting Aida by Verdi in London Royal Albert Hall in 1996 for the first time, maestro is invited to conduct in London and other cities of England, Ireland and Scotland (Norma by Bellini, Nabucco and La traviata by G. Verdi, Carmen by Bizet, ToscaLa bohèmeMadam Butterfly,Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, The Bat by J. Strauss, etc) every season.

The conductor has been working with National Opera of Romania since 1988 and has put up a number of significant operatic productions there. Maestro Samoile took the position of Principal Conductor and Artistic Director in State Opera of Izmir (Turkey) in 1990 regularly working with ensembles of the opera houses of Istanbul, Ankara, and Anatolia where he brought up quite a number of productions (Electra by R. Strauss,Rusalka by Dvorak, Eugene Onegin by P. Tchaikovsky, MacbethOthelloIl trovatoreRigoletto by G. Verdi, Hoffmann’s Tales by J. Offenbach, Il barbiere di Siviglia by G. Rossini, L'elisir d'amore by G. Donizetti, Le nozze di FigaroThe Abduction from the SeraglioZaide,Die ZauberflöteDon Giovanni by Mozart and other operas).

The conductor has taken part in numerous opera festivals Irina Arkhipova Presents with participation of the world-famous opera stars. Maestro is a co-founder and co-producer of the opera festival Maria Bieshu Invites and has been leading the festival and the Bieshu Contest of Young Opera Singers for more than 20 years.

Aleksandru Samoile has been a permanent participant of the International Opera Aspendos, for which he has produced opera Médée by L. Cherubini, Lucia di Lammermoor by G. Donizetti, Nabucco and Aida by G. Verdi, Carmen by Bizet, La bohème by Giacomo Puccini, Cavalleria rusticana by Pietro Mascagni, Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo.

Maestro has taken part in Istanbul Opera Festival for a number of times. In 2000 the conductor brought up a grand production of oratorio Paulus(Paul) by F. Mendelssohn with participation of four choirs, soloists and a symphony orchestra with doubled number of musicians for the festival in antique Ephesus. The event was dedicated to the 2,000th anniversary of Christianity.

Aleksandru Samoile has been Principal conductor and Music director of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre since 2009. 


Stage director

Valery RAKU
Honoured Art Worker of Russia 

Mr. Raku is a graduate of the Rimsky-Korsakov Leningrad Conservatoire (St. Petersburg State Conservatoire at present). He headed the biggest opera theatres of Russia as artistic director, in particular, the Kazan Academic Opera and Ballet House (1986 - 1992), the Kolobov Moscow New Opera (1994 - 2013).

He became Artistic director for Chaliapin International Opera Festival in 1987, and for Chaliapin International Competition for Young Opera Singers in 1989. Mr. Raku organized Wagner International Festival in Kazan in 1991. He is a member of International Wagner Society.

Mr Raku has staged more than 40 operas, musicals and operettas. He produced Russian premieres of the operas  The Two Foskari by G. Verdi, La Wally by A. Catalani, Hamlet by A. Toma.

Mr. Raku specializes at directing open-air performances with a big number of performers at the background of historical object, in particular operas Boris Godunov by. M. Mussorgsky and Prince Igorby A. Borodin, large scale celebrations dedicated to the 200th Pushkin’s anniversary at The Red Square in Moscow and Pancake Festival in Luzhniki. 


Choreographer

Yuri VASYUCHENKO 
Honoured Artist of Russia 

Prizewinner of the All-Soviet Union Contest of Ballet Dancers in Moscow (1980, First Prize), a prizewinner in the Contest of Ballet Dancers in Varna (1981, Third Prize) and in Moscow (1981, Third Prize), holder of The Lenin Young Communist Prize (1981).

Mr. Vasyuchenko is a graduate of The Vaganova Leningrad Choreographic School (A. Kumysnikov’s class) and The Moscow Academy of Choreography, the course of choreography direction by Yury Grigorovych and Henrich Mayorov.

Being a dancer he performed lead parts in ballets by P.Tchaikovsky, Eduardas Balsys, Charles Gounod, Adolph Charles Adam, A. Khachaturian, S. Prokofiev, by Ludwig Minkus, A. Melikov, I. Stravinsky, Glazunov and other ballets.  

He has been training dancers in the Academy of Choreography in Russia, as well as in London, Tokyo, Osaka, New York, Washington and other cities since 1985.

Yury Vasyuchenko has been Principal Choreographer of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre since 2009.

As a choreographer he has put up the ballets Paquita by Ludwig Minkus, Walpurgis Night by Charles Gounod, Mysteries from the Vienna Woodsto the music by J. Strauss and G. Mahler, Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus, The Ballet Fairy Show, dances in the ballet gala Nureyev Forever, as well as dances in the operas Turandot by G. Puccini, Prince Igor by A. Borodin, Don Giovanni by Mozart, and Aida by Verdi. 


Chorus Master

Leonid BUTENKO 
Honoured Art Worker of Ukraine 

Leonid Butenko has been Principal Chorus Master of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre since 1974.

He has taken part in staging a number of cantata-oratorio pieces, different concert programmes and more than 100 classical productions, such as  AidaUn ballo in mascheraIl trovatoreRigoletto by G. Verdi;Lucia di Lammermoor by G. Donizetti; The Queen of SpadesIolantaThe Maid of OrleansEugene Onegin by P. Tchaikovsky; Boris GodunovKhovanshchina by M. Mussorgsky; Don Giovanni by Mozart; Carmen by Bizet; ToscaLa bohèmeMadam Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini; The Tsar’s Bride by M. Rimsky-Korsakov; Aleko by S. Rachmaninoff, Catherina by M. Arkas; A Zaporozhian Cossack Beyond the Danube (Cossaks in Exhile) by S. Hulak-Artemovsky, Natalka Poltavka by M. Lysenko, etc.

The highlights of Leonid Butenko’s work as a choirmaster are the world premiers of the pieces by contemporary Ukrainian and foreign composers. We can name Cyril Kozhemyaka by E. Yutskevich (1982); Just One Day by M. Karminsky (1987); Viy by V. Hubarenko (1984); True Love by L. Kolodub,War and Peace by V. Ovchinnikov (1987), as well as productions from Ukrainian classical music art, such as Sir Kotsky by N. Lysenko; Barvinok by V. Filippenko and others.

Leonid Butenko is also a scholar in the field of choir singing. He has written more than 40 scientific works, in particular, a number of books and articles. He is the only author for the course book called Singing in an Opera Chorus that is used in higher educational institutions. Mr. Butenko is a Specialized Board Member of the Nezhdanova Odessa National Music Academy. The Board makes decisions as for awarding applicants with the PhD degree (Candidate of Sciences in Ukrainian classification) in the History of Arts. 


Costume designer

Zlata TSIRTSENS

Ms. Tsirtsens is a graduate of the Samokish Crimean Art School and Kosygin Moscow Textile Academy.

Winner of the People's Choice Award in Avant-Garde nomination and the prize For the Most Effective Performance on the Ukrainian Stage at International Festival Fashionable Seasons in Kharkiv (2001, 2002).

She worked as a costume designer in the M. Gorky Crimean Russian Drama Theatre (1994 - 2001), International Festival Artek Gathers Friends and Film Festival (2002 - 2005). Ms Tsirtsens is the author for the fashion theatre project Shock Atelier.

The master has designed more than 7,000 costumes for theatres, circus, variety show and show-ballets and etc.  

  



Soprano

Nadiya SYCHIUK
Soloist of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

First Prize Winner in the International Competition 21st Century Art in Vorsel (2006), First Prize Winner in the International Festival Crimean Autumn in Simferopol (2006), a prizewinner in the S. Krushelnytska International Competition for Opera Singers in Lviv (2009); a holder of the special prize at the International Competition for Opera Singers Dunarea albastra in Galatz (2007) and Grand Prix in the N. Akhmedova International Vocal Competition in Tashkent (2009). 

She is a graduate of the Odessa Conservatoire (The Nezhdanova Odessa National Academy of Music at present).

Her repertoire includes lead parts in the operas RigolettoLa traviata by G. Verdi; Il Barbiere di Seviliaby G. Rossini, Lucia de Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti, La bohémeMadam Butterfly by G. Puccini;La Serva Padrona by G. Pergolesi and etc. 


Tenor

Vladislav GORAI
Honoured Artist of Ukraine
Soloist of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

Prizewinner in Karlovy-Vary International Opera Singers’ Competition (Czech Republic, 1995) and a prizewinner in Khmelnitzkiy National Competition of Chamber Music (Ukraine, 1990).

Mr. Gorai is a graduate of the Odessa Conservatoire (The Nezhdanova Odessa National Academy of Music at present) (class of M. Ogrenich).

Vladislav Gorai has been a soloist for The Odessa Opera Company since 1993.

His operatic repertoire includes more than 20 parts that he has performed on the stage of the Odessa opera, among which Rigoletto (Duca), La Boheme (Rodolfo), La Traviata (Alfredo), Lucia di Lamermour (Edgardo), Il Barbiere di Sevilia (Il Conte Almaviva), Prince Igor (Vladimir Igorevich),Mozart end Salieri (Mozart), Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio) and etc. 


Baritone

Alexander STRIUK
Soloist of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre
 

First Prize Winner in the National Competition of Ukraine New Names (1999) and of International Competition 21st Century Art in Vorsel (2006),
International Festival For Piano And Voice Duets Three Centuries Of The Classical Art Song in St. Petersburg (2006), Second Prize at Elena Obraztsova Competition For Young Opera Singers (2007). The People’s Artist of the USSR and Ukraine Eugenia Miroshnichenko singled out Mr. Striuk as a promising singer and gave him and individual prize from her personal foundation at Lysenko Competition in Kyiv.

Mr. Stryuk is a graduate of the Odessa Conservatoire (The Nezhdanova Odessa National Academy of Music at present).

His repertoire includes Robert (Iolanta by Pyotr Tchaikovsky), Eugene Onegin (Eugene Onegin by Pyotr Tchaikovsky), Germont (La traviata by G. Verdi), Amonasro (Aida by G. Verdi), Renato (Un ballo in maschera by G. Verdi) and etc. 


Tetyana AFANYUTINA
Soloist of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

Ms. Afanyutina is a graduate of K. Dankevych Odessa State School for Arts and Culture.

Her repertoire includes: Barbara in Aibolit ХХІ with music by Nino Rota, Fate in Carmen Suite by George Bizet and Rodion Shchedrin; Lilac Fairy and Violente Fairy (The Sleeping Beauty by P. Tchaikovsky), Spanish dance (The Nutcracker by P. Tchaikovsky), the Waltz duet, Bride (Swan Lake by P. Tchaikovsky), Mirta (Giselle by A. Adam); Gamzatti (La Bayadère by Ludwig Minkus) etc.

 

 

 

 


Stanislav SKRYNNIK 
Soloist of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

A participant of the IV Yuri Grigorovich International CompetitionYoung Ballet of the World (Sochi, 2012).

Mr. Skrynnik is a graduate of the Moscow State Academy of Choreography.

His repertoire includes: Prince Siegfried and Benno (Swan Lake by P. Tchaikovsky), Crown Prince (The Mystery of the Vienna Woodwith the music by Gustav Mahler and Johannes Strauss); Young Man (Les Sylphides with the music by Frédéric Chopin), Espada (Don Quixote Ludwig Minkus), Lucien (Paquita by Ludwig Minkus); Pas-de-deux classique with music by D. Oberg, other parts and numbers.

 

 


Children’s Choir Gems of Odessa  
Artistic director: Larisa HARBUZ

The choir was created in 1984.

Prizewinner of the D. Dimitrov 24 th International Competition in Varna (1997), International Festival Yuzhnaya Palmira (2000), 8th International Competition of German Association Music Mundi (2001), 8th International Competition of Choirs in Tallinn (2003), Brahms Chorus Competition in Veneered (2003), 55th Competition of Polyphonic Music in Arezzo (2007).

The Choir closely cooperates with the Odessa State Chamber Music Philharmonics, the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, with a famous French producer Gerard Cedru. 

Day 2. The Firebird and The Rite of Spring

Choreographer

Georgy KOVTUN
Honoured Art Worker of Russia, People’s Artist of The Republic of Tatarstan

Mr. Kovtun is a graduate of the Odessa Choreographic School, the Voronezh College of Choreography, the Rimsky-Korsakov Leningrad Conservatoire (St. Petersburg State Conservatoire at present).

The choreographer headed the ballet troupes of the State Chukot and Eskimos Ensemble of Song and Dance Erygon, Odessa Theatre for Choreographic Miniatures, Opera and Ballet House of Buryatia, Moscow Jewish Theatre, Omsk Musical Theatre, M. Mussorgsky St. Petersburg State Academic Opera and Ballet House.

As a choreographer Mr. Kovtun has staged more that 300 opera and ballet productions, choreographic miniatures, musicals and operettas. 

 


Producing conductor, Principal Conductor of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater

Aleksandru SAMOILE
People’s Artist of Moldova

Laureate of State Prize and The Knight Order of Merit of The Republic of Moldova, prizewinner of The Irina Arkhipova’s Fund in 2001 (Gold Medal).

Aleksandru Samoile graduated from The Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatoire (Prof. V. Stoller and A. Yanson’s class), as well as The Mussorgsky Ural State Conservatoire (Prof. Mark Paverman’s class).

Being Principal Conductor and Artistic Director in the National Opera of The Republic of Moldova from 1981 till 2003 Aleksandru Samoile worked with The National Orchestra of Russia, The Tchaikovsky Grand Symphony Orchestra, The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, The New Philharmonic Tokyo (Japan), and The Orchestra of National Radio of Romania.

Aleksandru Samoile has conducted in The Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, The Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Musical Theatre, The St. Petersburg Mikhailovsky Theatre, in the opera houses of Kyiv, Minsk, Samara, Chelyabinsk, Ufa, Yekaterinburg and other cities.

On conducting Aida by Verdi in London Royal Albert Hall in 1996 for the first time, maestro is invited to conduct in London and other cities of England, Ireland and Scotland (Norma by Bellini, Nabucco and La traviata by G. Verdi, Carmen by Bizet, Tosca, La bohème, Madama Butterfly, Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, The Bat by J. Strauss, etc) every season.

The conductor has been working with National Opera of Romania since 1988 and has put up a number of significant operatic productions there. Maestro Samoile took the position of Principal Conductor and Artistic Director in State Opera of Izmir (Turkey) in 1990 regularly working with ensembles of the opera houses of Istanbul, Ankara, and Anatolia where he brought up quite a number of productions (Electra by R. Strauss, Rusalka by Dvorak, Eugene Onegin by P. Tchaikovsky, Macbeth, Othello, Il trovatore, Rigoletto by G. Verdi, Hoffmann’s Tales by J. Offenbach, Il barbiere di Siviglia by G. Rossini, L'elisir d'amore by G. Donizetti, Le nozze di Figaro, The Abduction from the Seraglio, Zaide, Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni by Mozart and other operas).

The conductor has taken part in numerous opera festivals Irina Arkhipova Presents with participation of the world-famous opera stars. Maestro is a co-founder and co-producer of the opera festival Maria Bieshu Invites and has been leading the festival and the Bieshu Contest of Young Opera Singers for more than 20 years.

Aleksandru Samoile has been a permanent participant of the International Opera Aspendos, for which he has produced opera Médée by L. Cherubini, Lucia di Lammermoor by G. Donizetti, Nabucco and Aida by G. Verdi, Carmen by Bizet, La bohème by Giacomo Puccini, Cavalleria rusticana by Pietro Mascagni, Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo.

Maestro has taken part in Istanbul Opera Festival for a number of times. In 2000 the conductor brought up a grand production of oratorio Paulus (Paul) by F. Mendelssohn with participation of four choirs, soloists and a symphony orchestra with doubled number of musicians for the festival in antique Ephesus. The event was dedicated to the 2,000th anniversary of Christianity.

Aleksandru Samoile has been Principal conductor and Music director of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre since 2009.


Scenic designer

Stanislav ZAITSEV
Honoured Painter of Ukraine

Mr. Zaitsev is a graduate of the Grekov Odessa Art School and Leningrad Institute for Theater, Music and Cinematography (St. Petersburg State Academy for Theatrical Art at present).

He worked as a scenic designer at Len-Concert organization, principal designer of the Odessa Theatre for Young Spectators, Vasylko Ukrainian Musical Drama Theatre.

Principal designer of the Vodianoy Odessa Academic Theater of Musical Comedy.

Mr. Zaitsev has designed more than 200 productions in different theatres of Russia, Ukraine and Canada. 


 Costume designer

Zlata TSIRTSENS

Ms. Tsirtsens is a graduate of the Samokish Crimean Art School and Kosygin Moscow Textile Academy.

Winner of the People's Choice Award in Avant-Garde nomination and the prize For the Most Effective Performance on the Ukrainian Stage at International Festival Fashionable Seasons in Kharkiv (2001, 2002).

She worked as a costume designer in the M. Gorky Crimean Russian Drama Theatre (1994 - 2001), International Festival Artek Gathers Friends and Film Festival (2002 - 2005). Ms Tsirtsens is the author for the fashion theatre project Shock Atelier.

The master has designed more than 7,000 costumes for theatres, circus, variety show and show-ballets and etc. 

 


Costume designer

Elena LESNIKOVA

M. Lesnikova is a graduate of the Grekov Odessa Theater School.

She has designed costumes for more than 60 performances at the Vodianoy Odessa Academic Theater of Musical Comedy, Vasylko Ukrainian Musical drama Theatre, theatres of Russia and Ukraine.

Ms. Lesnikova is also a teacher at the Grekov Odessa Theater School. 


The Cast:

Maria POLYUDOVA
The Odessa Ballet soloist. Honoured Artist of the Republic of Moldova


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ekaterina KALCHENKO
The Odessa Ballet artist

Laureate of The ІV Serge Lifar International Competition of Ballet; a holder of The Gold Medal and the title of Laureate of The III Yuri Grigorovich International Competition Young Ballet of the World (Sochi, Russia, 2010),

Ms. Kalchenko finished the Kyiv State Choreographic School specializing in “choreography” in 2007 and graduated from the Dragomanov National Teacher Training University in 2009. The ballerina worked in the Kyiv National Opera and Ballet House.

She joined the Odessa Ballet company in 2009.

Ms. Kalchenko performs the parts of Odette-Odile and Maid of Honor in Swan Lake, the Lilac Fairy, the Candid Fairy, Maid of Honor, Pas de quatre of the Jewel Fairies in The Sleeping Beauty by Pyotr Tchaikovsky; the Shades trio in La Bayadère, variations in Paquita, the Queen of Dryads in variations in Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus; the part of Snake in the ballet fantasy Aibolite ХХІ with music by Nino Rota; parts of Margo and Zarema in the ballet gala Nureyev’s forever…, other parts and numbers. 


Sergiy DOTSENKO
The Odessa Ballet artist. Honoured Artist of Ukraine 

Mr. Dotsenko finished the Kyiv State Choreographic School specializing in “choreography” in 1996, and then he graduated from the Faculty of Contemporary Choreography of the Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts in 2001.

He was invited to join the Odessa Ballet company of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre in 1997.

The ballet dancer performs the parts of Prince Siegfried and Von Rothbart in the ballet Swan Lake, Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker Prince in The Nutcracker by Pyotr Tchaikovsky; Albert in Giselle by Adolphe Adam; Toreador in the ballet Carmen Suite by George Bizet and Rodion Shchedrin; Rudi in the ballet gala Nureyev’s forever…; Stephan in the ballet Lileya by Konstantin Dankevych; Young Man in the choreographic suite Les Sylphides with the music by Frédéric Chopin; Espada in Don Quixote, Lucien in Paquita by Ludwig Minkus; the lead part of Crown Prince in the ballet The Mystery of the Vienna Wood with the music by Gustav Mahler and Johannes Strauss.

Mr. Dotsenko has staged the ballet for children Little Red Riding Hood as a choreographer.

The artist has toured France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Switzerland, Germany, the USA, Canada and other countries.

Mr. Dotsenko was given The Odessa Governor’s Letter of Recognition for professionalism and significant achievements and personal contribution into the development of National ballet and in 2007. 


Volodymir STATNY
The Odessa Ballet artist. Honoured Artist of the Republic of Moldova 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pavlo GRYTS
The Odessa Ballet artis
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Mr. Gryts finished the Kyiv State Choreographic School specializing in “choreography” in 2009.

The ballet dancer has been working for the Odessa Ballet company since 2008.

He performs the parts of a Footman in Swan Lake, the Nutcracker Prince, Arabian and Russian dances in The Nutcracker, the Gray Wolf in The Sleeping Beauty by Pyotr Tchaikovsky; Pan in the ballet Walpurgis Night by Charles Gounod; Vanechka in the ballet fantasy Aibolit ХХІ with music by Nino Rota; Pas de deux in the ballet Giselle by Adolphe Adam; Pas de trois in Paquita, part of a Drummer in the ballet La Bayadère and Sanchez Pansa in Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus; solo in the ballet gala Nureyev’s forever… and others.

 


Dmytro BARTOSH
The Odessa Ballet artist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Svyatoslav KVACHUK
The Odessa Ballet artist 

Day 2. Alcides

Producing conductor

Oksana LYNIV
Conductor of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

Prizewinner in The First Maher International Conductors’ Contest in Bamberg, Germany (2004, Third Prize), holder of scholarships from The Goethe Institute, German Service for Academic Exchanges, Dresdner Europa Stipendium, and Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation for Young Musicians, holder of a special scholarship given to women-conductors by The Berg Symphony Academy and Conductors’ Forum of German Music Board.

Ms. Lyniv is a graduate from The Opera and Symphony Conducting Faculty of The Lysenko Lviv State Music Academy and K. M. von Weber Higher School of Music (Dresden).

Oksana Lyniv has conducted Bavarian Chamber Music Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestras of Berg, North Rhine-Westphalia – Westphalia, Bremen and Nurnberg, opera orchestras of Bonn and Osnabruck (Germany), opera orchestras of Lviv National Academic Theatre, National Opera of Estonia, Symphony Orchestras of Romania and Japan. The conductor has been working for Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre since 2008.

Since then Ms Lyniv has revived operas La boheme by Giacomo Puccini, Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo, has produced a ballet Mystery of the Vienna Woods in original music concept based on music by Gustav Mahler and Johannes Strauss. 


Stage Director

Sergey ZUENKO
Stage director and soloist of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. Honoured Artist of Ukraine 

Prizewinner in the International Chamber Singers’ Competitions Golden Autumn (1987), Prizewinner of the F. Chaliapin All Union Opera Singers’ Competition (1989).

Mr. Zuenko is a graduate of the Nezhdanova Odessa National Academy of Music, specializing in solo singing (class of V. Neshchertny). In 1991 he graduated from Russian State Arts Institute (aka GITIS) specializing in “stage direction in musical theatre” (Moscow, Russia). As a soloist Mr. Zuenko has performed more than 30 parts, in particular, Schaunard (La boheme by G. Puccini), Eletsky, Onegin and Robert (The Queen of Spades, Eugene Onegin, Iolanta by Pyotr Tchaikovsky), Figaro (Il Barbiere di Sevilia by G. Rossini), Germont and Rigoletto (La traviata and Rigoletto by G. Verdi), etc.

As a stage director he has put up the operas Il Barbiere di Sevilia and La cambiale di matrimonio by G. Rossini, Eugene Onegin by P. Tchaikovsky, Cavalleria rusticana by Pietro Mascagni, Aleko by S. Rachmaninoff, The Snow White and Seven Dwarfs by E. Kilmanovsky, Rigoletto, Un ballo in maschera and Il trovatore by G. Verdi, La boheme by G. Puccini, Pagliacci by by Ruggero Leoncavallo, Lucia de Lammermoor by G. Donizetti. 


Costume designer
Sergei VASILIEV
Head of Sewing Department of The Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre


Soprano

Irina BERLIZOVA
Soloist of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. Honoured Artist of Ukraine
 

Prizewinner in Lysenko International Opera Singers’ Competition, Dvorak International Singers’ Competition. Ms. Berlizova is a graduate of the Nezhdanova Odessa National Academy of Music.

She has been working for The Odessa Opera Company since 1988.

The singer recorded several albums in the studio of a well-known French impresario and patron of arts Gerard Cedru in 1996-1997. Ms. Berlizova sang in Vatican on the personal invitation of the Pope in 1999. She worked as a soloist in the Opera and Ballet House of Konstanz from 2000 till 2003 (Romania).

Her repertoire includes lead parts in operas G. Verdi (Rigoletto, La traviata), G. Puccini (La boheme), Charles Gounod (Faust), G. Bizet (Carmen), G. Rossini (Il Barbiere di Sevilia), D. Cimarosa (Il matrimonio segreto), etc. 


Tenor

Vladislav GORAI
Soloist of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. Honoured Artist of Ukraine 

Prizewinner in Karlovy-Vary International Opera Singers’ Competition (Czech Republic, 1995) and a prizewinner in Khmelnitzkiy National Competition of Chamber Music (Ukraine, 1990).

Mr. Gorai is a graduate of the Odessa Conservatoire (The Nezhdanova Odessa National Academy of Music at present) (class of M. Ogrenich).

Vladislav Gorai has been a soloist for The Odessa Opera Company since 1993.

His operatic repertoire includes more than 20 parts that he has performed on the stage of the Odessa opera, among which Rigoletto (Duca), La Boheme (Rodolfo), La Traviata (Alfredo), Lucia di Lamermour (Edgardo), Il Barbiere di Sevilia (Il Conte Almaviva), Prince Igor (Vladimir Igorevich), Mozart end Salieri (Mozart), Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio) and etc. 


Soprano

Alyona KISTENYOVA
Soloist of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre 

Diploma holder of Dvorak International Singers’ Competition, ІІ Lysenko International Opera Singers’ Competition (2002), Хth G. di Stephano International Opera Singers’ Competition (2003).

Ms. Kistenyova is a graduate of the Nezhdanova Odessa National Academy of Music (class of N. Ogrenich). She was invited to join the Odessa Opera Company in 2000.

Her repertoire includes lead parts in the operas by G. Verdi (Rigoletto, La traviata), G. Rossini (Il Barbiere di Sevilia), Gaetano Donizetti (Lucia de Lammermoor), G. Pergolesi (La Serva Padrona), G. Puccini (Turandot, Liu), G. Puccini (La boheme, Musetta), etc. 


Soprano

Anastasia HOLUB
Soloist of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre 

Prizewinner of the Maiboroda International Vocal Competition (1999), Prizewinner of the I. Alchevsky International Vocal Competition (2007).

Ms. Holub is a graduate of the Nezhdanova Odessa National Academy of Music.

She performs lead parts in the operas from the theatre repertoire: Rigoletto, La traviata, Il trovatore, Aida by G. Verdi, Il Barbiere di Sevilia by G. Rossini, the part of Oksana (Cossacks in Exile by S. Hulak-Artemovsky), Musetta (La boheme by G. Puccini), etc. 


 “Oriana” Choir
Artistic director: Galina Shpak

The choir was created in 2008 on the basis of the Odessa Oblast Center for Ukrainian Culture.

Prizewinner of the International Festival «Ohrid choir Festival» in Macedonia (2010), International Festival Yuzhnaya Palmira (2010-2012), 30th International festival Competition Hajnowka 2011 in Poland, 50th International Competition Seghizzi in Italy (2011), 22th International Competition for Academic Choirs IFAS in Czech Republic (2012), Bartok International Competition for Choirs (2012).

Day 4. Aida

Conductor

Andrey YURKEVICH
Conductor of the Opera and Ballet House of the Republic of Moldova

Diploma holder of the ІІ Turchak National Conductors’ Competition (Kiev, 1998), Scholarship recipient from Accademia Musicale Chigiana di Siena (under guidance of Gianluigi Gelmetti , Italy).

Mr. Yurkevich is a graduate of Lviv Lysenko National Academy of Music. He also had additional training at Warsaw theatre “Teatrze Wielkim” Jacek Kaspszyk (2001–2002), at G. Rossini Conservatoire under F. Zandona (Pesaro, Italy), summer Accademia Rossiniani under A. Zedda (Pesaro, Italy).

Mr. Yurkevich conducted at the S. Krushelnytska Lviv National Academic Opera and Ballet House, at the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, Opera of Roma, at The Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, at the Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, in the opera houses of Cologne, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, San Francisco, at the Big Theatre of Liceu in Barcelona, Royal Theater of Madrid The Teatro Real. 


Stage Director
Carlo Antonio DE LUCIA

Prizewinner for a number of international singing contests, the most significant of which are Voci Verdiane (Parma, Italy) and Ismaele Voltolini Singing Contest (Mantua, Italy).

As a soloist Carlo Antonio de Lucia performed operatic parts of Don Alvaro (La forza del destino), Alfredo (La traviata ), Manrico (Il trovatore), Radames (Aida) in the operas by Giuseppe Verdi, as well as parts of Rudolfo (La boheme), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Pinkerton (Madam Butterfly) in the operas by Giacomo Puccini.

As a producing director Maestro de Lucia has brought up operas in Italy, South Korea, Belarus, and Russia, in particular, Un ballo in maschera, Don Carlos, Nabucco, Aida, La traviata, Il trovatore, Rigoletto by G. Verdi, Il barbiere di Siviglia by G. Rossini, Don Pascuale, L’elisir d’amore by G. Donizetti, La Serva Padrona by G.Pergolesi, La Giaconda by Amalcare Ponchielli, Carmen by Bizet, La fanciulla del West, Tosca, La boheme, Madam Butterfly, Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, etc.

Carlo Antonio de Lucia has been a producer for a number of operatic festivals, such as Lario Lirica in Como (Italy) from 1998 to 2006, Bitonto Opera Festival (2006), Stagione Lirica in Lecce (2011, 2012), as well as for the operatic season of 2005/2006 in Manzoni Theatre in Rome.

Carlo Antonio de Lucia has been an operatic impresario since 1998. The Ministry of Theatre Productions of Italy noted his excellence in impresario work in 2003. 


Scenic and costume designer
Alessandra POLIMENO

Alessandra Polimeno graduated from the St. Luke Rome Academy of Fine Arts in 1995 (coached by Prof. Castelli).

She worked as a scenic and costume designer in a number of documentary and feature films between 2001 and 2005. Alessandra was the scenic designer for the opera Rita by G. Donizetti (2005), La principessa fedele by Alessandro Skarlatti (2006), La Serva Padrona by G. Pergolesi (2006) produced in the Musical Theatre Mimus Minuscolo. One of the original scenic works of 2012 is the scenic design of the opera Carmen by G. Bizet on the stages of The Garibaldi Theatre Politeama and The Marruchino Theatre.

 

 


 Aida

Oksana KRAMAREVA
Soprano. Soloist of T. Shevchenko National Opera of Ukraine

Prizewinner in A. Solovyanenko Young Singers’ Competition SOLOVYINY YARMAROK (2004), E.Obraztsova Vocal Competition (2005), P. Domingo Competition OPERALIA (2008) a holder of a prize for the best rendering of Russian music in F. Vinas International Competition for Young Singers (2011).

Ms. Kramareva is a graduate of I. Kotlyarevsky Kharkiv National Arts University (solo singing class of L. Tsurkan). The singer’s repertoire includes lead parts in the operas Aida, Don Carlo, Un ballo in maschera, Il trovatore by G. Verdi, Norma by Bellini, Eugene Onegin, The Queen of Spades by P. Tchaikovsky, Aleko by S. Rachmaninoff, Prince Igor by Borodin, etc.

 


Radamès
August AMONOV
Tenor. Soloist of the Mariinsky Theater.

Prizewinner of the XIX M. Glinka International Singing Competition (2001) and of I. Arkhipova Foundation (2004).

Mr. Amonov is a graduate of K. Sagyrbayev Alma-Ata State Conservatoire (E. Serkebayev’s class).

His repertoire includes vocal parts from the operas by Modest Mussorgsky (Khovanshchina), M. Rimsky-Korsakov (Mlada, The legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia), Pyotr Tchaikovsky (The Enchantress, the Queen of Spades, Iolantha), Sergey Prokofiev (War and Peace); Giuseppe Verdi (Nabucco and Il trovatore, Un ballo in maschera, Don Carlo), G. Puccini (Tosca, Turandot), R. Wagner (Die Walkure, Parsifal) and others. 

 


 Amneris

Tetyana SPAS’KA
Mezzo-soprano. Soloist of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. Honoured Artist of Ukraine

Prizewinner in Dvorak International Singers’ Competition (1993), prizewinner in International Opera Singers’ Competition Pushkin’s 200th Anniversary held under UNESCO (1999).

Ms. Spas’ka is a graduate of the Nezhdanova Odessa National Academy of Music (class of Prof. G. Polivanova).

The singer’s repertoire includes Carmen (Carmen by G. Bizet), Amneris (Aida by G. Verdi), Azucena (II trovatore by G. Verdi), Magdalena (Rigoletto by G. Verdi), Konchakovna (Prince Igor by A. Borodin), Olga (Eugene Onegin by P. Tchaikovsky), Countess and Paulina (The Queen of Spades by P. Tchaikovsky) and many others. 


Ramfis
Mikhail KIT
Bass. Soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre. People’s Artist of Russia. Recipient of the medal of the Order For Services to the Fatherland, second class

Prizewinner in the M. Glinka All Union Singing Competition (1973), the International Youth and Student Festival Competition in Havana (1977), prizewinner at the International Francisco Vines Young Opera Singers’ Competition in Barcelona, Grand-prix (1978).

Mr. Kit is a graduate of the Nezhdanova Odessa National Academy of Music.

The singer’s repertoire includes lead bass parts from the key operas by Russian composers, in particular, by M. Glinka (Ruslan and Lyudmila, Ivan Susanin), Modest Mussorgsky (Boris Godunov and Khovanshchina), A. Borodin (Prince Igor), P. Tchaikovsky (Eugene Onegin, Mazepa, Iolantha), M. Rimsky-Korsakov (The Maid of Pskov, Sadko, The Tale of Tsar Saltan), S. Prokifiev (The Love for Three Oranges, War and Peace); as well as lead arts from the famous operas by G. Verdi (Aida, Othello), W. A. Mozart (Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflote), R. Wagner (Lohengrin, Das Rheingold, Parsifal). 


Amonasro
Stanislav TRIFONOV
Baritone. Soloist of the Bolshoi National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus

Recipient of the F. Skorina Medal “For the Highest Degree of Professionalism and Contribution into Development of National Cultures and Arts“. Mr. Trifonov is a graduate of the Nezhdanova Odessa National Academy of Music (class of V. Navrotsky).

Prizewinner of numerous international opera singers’ competitions. His repertoir includes lead parts in operas by G. Verdi (Nabucco, Macbeth, Un ballo in maschera, Il trovatore, Aida, La traviata), G. Puccini (Tosca, Madam Butterfly, La boheme), G.Rossini (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), G. Bizet (Carmen), S. Rachmaninoff (Aleko), P. Tchaikovsky («Eugene Onegin), A. Borodin (Prince Igor), etc.

Day 5. Don Quixote

Choreographer

Yuri VASYUCHENKO 
Honoured Artist of Russia 

Prizewinner of the All-Soviet Union Contest of Ballet Dancers in Moscow (1980, First Prize), a prizewinner in the Contest of Ballet Dancers in Varna (1981, Third Prize) and in Moscow (1981, Third Prize), holder of The Lenin Young Communist Prize (1981).

Mr. Vasyuchenko is a graduate of The Vaganova Leningrad Choreographic School (A. Kumysnikov’s class) and The Moscow Academy of Choreography, the course of choreography direction by Yury Grigorovych and Henrich Mayorov.

Being a dancer he performed lead parts in ballets by P.Tchaikovsky, Eduardas Balsys, Charles Gounod, Adolph Charles Adam, A. Khachaturian, S. Prokofiev, by Ludwig Minkus, A. Melikov, I. Stravinsky, Glazunov and other ballets.  

He has been training dancers in the Academy of Choreography in Russia, as well as in London, Tokyo, Osaka, New York, Washington and other cities since 1985.

Yury Vasyuchenko has been Principal Choreographer of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre since 2009.

As a choreographer he has put up the ballets Paquita by Ludwig Minkus, Walpurgis Night by Charles Gounod, Mysteries from the Vienna Woodsto the music by J. Strauss and G. Mahler, Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus, The Ballet Fairy Show, dances in the ballet gala Nureyev Forever, as well as dances in the operas Turandot by G. Puccini, Prince Igor by A. Borodin, Don Giovanni by Mozart, and Aida by Verdi. 


Producing conductor

Oksana LYNIV
Conductor of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

Prizewinner in The First Maher International Conductors’ Contest in Bamberg, Germany (2004, Third Prize), holder of scholarships from The Goethe Institute, German Service for Academic Exchanges, Dresdner Europa Stipendium, and Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation for Young Musicians, holder of a special scholarship given to women-conductors by The Berg Symphony Academy and Conductors’ Forum of German Music Board.

Ms. Lyniv is a graduate from The Opera and Symphony Conducting Faculty of The Lysenko Lviv State Music Academy and K. M. von Weber Higher School of Music (Dresden).

Oksana Lyniv has conducted Bavarian Chamber Music Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestras of Berg, North Rhine-Westphalia – Westphalia, Bremen and Nurnberg, opera orchestras of Bonn and Osnabruck (Germany), opera orchestras of Lviv National Academic Theatre, National Opera of Estonia, Symphony Orchestras of Romania and Japan. The conductor has been working for Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre since 2008.

Since then Ms Lyniv has revived operas La boheme by Giacomo Puccini, Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo, has produced a ballet Mystery of the Vienna Woods in original music concept based on music by Gustav Mahler and Johannes Strauss. 


Producing Designer 
Natalia BEVZENKO-ZINKINA
Principal designer of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. Honoured Painter of Ukraine

Ms. Bevzenko-Zinkina is a graduate of the Grekov Odessa School of Art.

The artist has designed sets and costumes for more than sixty productions on the stage of Odessa Opera since 1970. She has produced designs for operas AidaLa traviataUn ballo in mascheraIl trovatore,Rigoletto by G. Verdi, ToscaLa bohemeMadam Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini, Cossacks in Exile by Hulak-Artemovsky, Catherina by M. Arkas, Iolanta by P. Tchaikovsky, Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo, and for ballets The Swan LakeThe Sleeping BeautyThe Nutcracker by P. Tchaikovsky, Giselle by Adolphe Charles Adam, Paquita and La Bayadere by Ludwig Minkus, etc.

Ms. Bevzenko-Zinkina has designed sets for state festivities dedicated to the Independence Day of Ukraine, 200th Anniversary of Odessa Foundation, Jubilees of Taras Shevchenko, Bogdan Khmelnitsky, Leonid Utesov, David Oystrakh and Enrico Caruso.

The artist worked as a designer at international music festivals in Hungary, Bulgaria, China, Italy, Lebanon, and Cyprus.


Kitri
Elena YEVSEYEVA
First Soloist, The Mariinsky Theatre. Honoured Artist of the Udmurt Republic

International Ballet Competition prizewinner (Seoul, 2009, 1st prize) Ms. Yevseyeva is a graduate of the A. Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet.

Her repertoire includes: lead parts in Swan LakeThe NutcrackerThe Sleeping Beauty by P. Tchaikovsky,Giselle by A. Adam, Le Corsaire by A. Adam, Raymonda (Raymonda by A. Glazunov), Bacchante (Walpurgis Night by C. Gounod), Laurence (Laurence by A. Krein), the Sylph (La Sylphide by H. Levenskiold), Nikiya, Gamzatti (La Bayadere by Ludwig Minkus), Kitri (Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus), Cinderella (Cinderella by S. Prokofiev), Markitenka (La Vivandiere or Markinenka by C. Pugni), Polyhymnia (Apollo by I. Stravinsky), Soloist (Les Noces by I. Stravinsky), Aegina (Spartacus by A. Khachaturian) and others.

 


Basilio 
Filipp STEPIN
Soloist, The Mariinsky Theatre

Graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in 2005.

Repertoire includes: Don Quixote (Basilio); Le Corsaire (Ali, Lankedem);Romeo and Juliet (Romeo, Mercutio, Troubadour); La Sylphide (James, Youths); Giselle (Count Albrecht, Classical Duet); The Sleeping Beauty(Prince Désiré); La Bayadère (Dance of the Golden Idol); Le Spectre de la rose and Pétrouchka (Pétrouchka); Spartacus (Retiarius, a Dying Slave); etc.

He has worked with choreographers such as Johnny Eliasen, Gary Chryst, Alexei Ratmansky, Ben Huys, Noah D. Gelber and Peter Quanz.

Has performed in Mariinsky Theatre soloists’ gala concerts in St Petersburg and towns and cities throughout Russia and abroad.


The soloists of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

Don Quixote, an errant knight - Nikita Elikarov 
Sancho Panza, his squire - Mykola Vorivodin 
Lorenzo, an innkeeper - Bogdan Chabanyuk 
Lorenzo’s wife - Polina Osetrova 
Gamache, a wealthy nobleman - Yuri Medvedev 
Kitri‘s friends - Oleksandra Vorobova, Olga Vorobyova
Espada, a toreador - Sergey Dotsenko, Honoured Artist of Ukriane
A street dancer - Tetyana Afanutina 
Mercedes - Stella Chernova 
A gypsy girl - Oksana Tunkevich 
The queen of dryads - Alina Khylko 

Cupid - Marina Strizhakova  

Day 6. Turandot

Opera director

Christian VON GÖTZ

Mr. Gotz attended stage direction classes at academies in Vienna and Berlin.

He staged more than 80 productions (e. g. in Cologne, Leipzig, Wiesbaden, Lisbon, Porto, Edinburgh International Festival, Bonn, Dortmund, Saarbrucken, Bremen, Kassel, Salzburg, and Munich).

The highlights of his work as a stage director are Richard Strauss’ Capriccio at the Edinburgh International Festival (2007), his interpretation of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at Cologne Opera (2007), his version of Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the National Opera Lisbon (2008) as well as his Figaro in Porto (2008), Verdi’s Aida at Anhaltisches Theater Dessau (2012), Wolfgang Fortner’s Bodas de Sangre at Wuppertal Opera (2013). 


Producing conductor, Principal Conductor of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater 

Aleksandru SAMOILE 
People’s Artist of Moldova

Laureate of State Prize and The Knight Order of Merit of The Republic of Moldova, prizewinner of The Irina Arkhipova’s Fund in 2001 (Gold Medal).

Aleksandru Samoile graduated from The Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatoire (Prof. V. Stoller and A. Yanson’s class), as well as The Mussorgsky Ural State Conservatoire (Prof. Mark Paverman’s class).

Being Principal Conductor and Artistic Director in the National Opera of The Republic of Moldova from 1981 till 2003 Aleksandru Samoile worked with The National Orchestra of Russia, The Tchaikovsky Grand Symphony Orchestra, The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, The New Philharmonic Tokyo (Japan), and The Orchestra of National Radio of Romania.

Aleksandru Samoile has conducted in The Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, The Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Musical Theatre, The St. Petersburg Mikhailovsky Theatre, in the opera houses of Kyiv, Minsk, Samara, Chelyabinsk, Ufa, Yekaterinburg and other cities. 

On conducting Aida by Verdi in London Royal Albert Hall in 1996 for the first time, maestro is invited to conduct in London and other cities of England, Ireland and Scotland (Norma by Bellini, Nabucco and La traviata by G. Verdi, Carmen by Bizet, ToscaLa bohèmeMadam Butterfly,Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, The Bat by J. Strauss, etc) every season.

The conductor has been working with National Opera of Romania since 1988 and has put up a number of significant operatic productions there. Maestro Samoile took the position of Principal Conductor and Artistic Director in State Opera of Izmir (Turkey) in 1990 regularly working with ensembles of the opera houses of Istanbul, Ankara, and Anatolia where he brought up quite a number of productions (Electra by R. Strauss,Rusalka by Dvorak, Eugene Onegin by P. Tchaikovsky, MacbethOthelloIl trovatoreRigoletto by G. Verdi, Hoffmann’s Tales by J. Offenbach, Il barbiere di Siviglia by G. Rossini, L'elisir d'amore by G. Donizetti, Le nozze di FigaroThe Abduction from the SeraglioZaide,Die ZauberflöteDon Giovanni by Mozart and other operas).

The conductor has taken part in numerous opera festivals Irina Arkhipova Presents with participation of the world-famous opera stars. Maestro is a co-founder and co-producer of the opera festival Maria Bieshu Invites and has been leading the festival and the Bieshu Contest of Young Opera Singers for more than 20 years.

Aleksandru Samoile has been a permanent participant of the International Opera Aspendos, for which he has produced opera Médée by L. Cherubini, Lucia di Lammermoor by G. Donizetti, Nabucco and Aida by G. Verdi, Carmen by Bizet, La bohème by Giacomo Puccini, Cavalleria rusticana by Pietro Mascagni, Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo.

Maestro has taken part in Istanbul Opera Festival for a number of times. In 2000 the conductor brought up a grand production of oratorio Paulus(Paul) by F. Mendelssohn with participation of four choirs, soloists and a symphony orchestra with doubled number of musicians for the festival in antique Ephesus. The event was dedicated to the 2,000th anniversary of Christianity.

Aleksandru Samoile has been Principal conductor and Music director of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre since 2009.  


Princess Turandot

Anna SHAFAJINSKAIA
Soprano. Soloist with Royal Opera House Covent Garden (London), Opera Bastille in Paris, Gran Teatro del Liceu (Barcelona), Deutsche Oper (Berlin) and many others

Anna’s voice is a “sensational platinum soprano” according to Rodney Milnes from “The Times” (London).

The singer started her opera career winning the 5th Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition. Having sung Tosca opposite legendary maestro Luciano Pavarotti Anna gained international recognition. Anna is the winner in 14 National & International Vocal Competitions, winner of the Best Debut Artist Award at New York City Opera, a nominee for Maria Callas Award in Dallas and Grammy Award. Anna Shafajinskaia is acclaimed internationally as one of the best current Turandots.

Anna’s repertoire has lead parts from the operas by G. Verdi (Aida, Nabucco, Un ballo in maschera, La forza del destino, Attila), P. Tchaikovsky (The Queen of Spades, Eugene Onegin, Iolantha), Ruggeri Leoncavallo, G. Puccini (Tosca, Turandot, La boheme, Manon Lesco) and others.


Prince Calàf

Konstantin ANDREEV
Tenor. Soloist with Teatro Real in Madrid

Prizewinner of the S. Zimin International Singing Competition in Moscow (1996), Fundacion Guerrero International Singing Competition (2000) and Maestro Alonso in Madrid (2001), a holder of a prize for the best rendering of Russian music in F. Vinas International Competition for Young Singers (1997); a holder of a prize for performing zarzuela in P. Domingo Competition Operalia (2000) in Los Angeles.

Mr. Andreev is a graduate of the Nezhdanova Odessa National Academy of Music (class of M. Ogrenich). The singer’s repertoire includes lead parts from the operas by Western European composers, in particular, G. Verdi (Aida, Don Carlo, Luisa Miller), Charles Gounod (Faust, Mireille), G. Puccini (La Boheme, Madam Butterfly, Turandot), J. Massenet (Werther, Tha`s ) and others. 


Timur, the deposed King of Tartary

Vasyl NAVROTSKY
Bass. Artistic Director and soloist of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. People’s Artist of Ukraine

Prizewinner of Republican Vocal Competition in Kiev (1968). Prizewinner in the M. Glinka All Union Singing Competition in Vilnius (1971).

Mr. Navrotsky is a graduate of the Nezhdanova Odessa National Academy of Music class of E. Ivanov).

Mr. Navrotsky has performed parts in the productions of the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Theatres (Russia), Opera and Ballet House of Stuttgart (Germany), National Opera of Ukraine (Kyiv).

The soloist has more than forty parts in his repertoire, in particular, Mephistopheles (Faust by G. Gounod), Don Giovanni and Leporello (Don Giovanni by W. A. Mozart), Don Basilio and Don Bartolo (Il Barbiere di Sevilia by G. Rossini), Prince Igor and Prince Galitsky (Prince Igor by A. Borodin), Ramfis and the King of Egypt (Aida by G. Verdi), Boris, Pimen and Varlaam (Boris Godunov by M. Mussorgsky), Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro by W. A. Mozart), Salieri (Mozart and Salieri by N. Rimsky-Korsakov), and many others.


The soloists of the Odessa Opera House

Liù, a slave girl – Larisa Zuenko, Honoured artist of Ukraine
The Emperor Altoum – Sergiy Krasnukh 
Ping, Lord Chancellor – Volodymir Muraschenko
Pang, Majordomo – Ruslan Zinevich
Pong, Head chef of the Imperial Kitchen – Oleg Zlakoman
A Mandarin – Ivan Flyak
The Maids of Turandot – Irina Oleksiv, Catherina Tsymbalyuk

The Prince of Persia – Mykola Reshetnyov   

Day 7. Stars of the World Ballet

Olena FILIPIEVA
Prima Ballerina, Shevchenko National Opera of Ukraine. People’s Artist of Ukraine 

A laureate of International Ballet Competitions in Moscow (1989), St. Petersburg (1994), Nagoya (1996), Tokyo (1999).

Ms. Filipieva is a graduate of the Kyiv State Choreographic School.

Her repertoire includes: Odette-Odile (Swan Lake by P. Tchaikovsky), Princess Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty by P. Tchaikovsky), Masha (The Nutcracker by P. Tchaikovsky), Giselle (Giselle by A. Adam), Medora (Le Corsaire by A. Adam), Raymonda (Raymonda by A, Glazunov), the Sylph (La Sylphide by H. Levenskhold), Nikiya, Gamzatti (La Bayadere by Ludwig Minkus), Kitri (Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus), Margarita (Symphonie Fantastique by G. Berlioz), Carmen (Carmen Suite by George Bizet and Rodion Shchedrin), Juliet (Romeo and Juliet by S. Prokofiev), Esmeralda (La Esmeralda by Pugni), Mavka (The Forest Song by M. Skorulsky), Oksana (The Christmas Eve by E. Stankovich) and others. 


Anna ANTONICHEVA
Principal Dancer, The Bolshoi Theatre. People’s Artist of Russia 

Prizewinner of the 1st Transcaucasian Competition of Ballet Dancers in Baku (1988), International Ballet Competition in Jackson (1998).

Ms. Antonicheva is a graduate of the Moscow Academy of Choreography (Sophia Golovkina’s class).

Her repertoire includes: Odette-Odile (Swan Lake by P. Tchaikovsky), Princess Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty by P. Tchaikovsky), Juliet (Romeo and Juliet by S. Prokofiev), Nikiya (La Bayadere by Ludwig Minkus), Giselle (Giselle by A. Adam), Kitri (Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus), Shireen (Legend of Love by A. Melikhov’s), Mazurka, Waltz 7 and Prelude (Les Sylphides with the music by Frederic Chopin), Esmeralda (Notre-Dame dе Paris by M. Jarre), Raymonda (Raymonda by A. Glazunov), lead soloist (Concerto Barocco with music by J. S. Bach), Hyppolita/Titania (A Midnight’s Summer Dream with music by F. Mendelson-Bartoldi and G. Ligeti), Medora Le Corsaire by A. Adam, Mireille de Poitiers (The Flames of Paris by Boris Asfiev) and others. 


Elena YEVSEYEVA
First Soloist, The Mariinsky Theatre. Honoured Artist of the Udmurt Republic 

International Ballet Competition prizewinner (Seoul, 2009, 1st prize).

Ms. Yevseyeva is a graduate of the A. Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet.

Her repertoire includes: lead parts in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty by P. Tchaikovsky, Giselle by A. Adam, Le Corsaire by A. Adam, Raymonda (Raymonda by A. Glazunov), Bacchante (Walpurgis Night by C. Gounod), Laurence (Laurence A. Krein), the Sylph (La Sylphide by H. Levenskiold), Nikiya, Gamzatti (La Bayadere by Ludwig Minkus), Kitri (Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus), Cinderella (Cinderella by S. Prokofiev), Markitenka (La Vivandiere or Markinenka by C. Pugni), Polyhymnia (Apollo by I. Stravinsky), Soloist (Les Noces by I. Stravinsky), Aegina (Spartacus by A. Khachaturian) and others. 


Aleksandra TIMOFEEVA
Soloist dancer, The Kremlin Ballet Theatre. Honoured Artist of Russia 

The winner of the Youth Prize Triumph (2001), prizewinner in the І International Ballet Competition in Astana, prizewinner of the Х Open Ballet Competition of Russia Arabesque 2008, a holder of a prize The Dance Spirit from the magazine Ballet in Rising Star nomination (2007).

Ms. Timofeeva is a graduate of the Moscow Academy of Choreography.

Her repertoire includes: Odette-Odile (Swan Lake by P. Tchaikovsky), Masha (The Nutcracker by P. Tchaikovsky), Princess Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty by P. Tchaikovsky), Cinderella (Cinderella by S. Prokofiev), Juliet (Romeo and Juliet by S. Prokofiev), Firebird and Young Maiden (The Firebird by I. Stravinsky), Esmeralda (La Emeralda C. Pugni), Giselle (Giselle by A. Adam), and others. 


Midori TERADA
Soloist, the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre 

The First Prize winner in the III Yuri Grigorovich International Competition Young Ballet of the World (2010), the Second Prize winner of the Ekaterina Maksimova International Competition of the Ballet Dancers Arabesque 2012 in Perm, Russia, a holder of Galina Ulanova Prize for inspiration in dance, a holder of a special prize of Ekaterina Maksimova and Vladimir Vasilyev.

Ms. Terada is a graduate of the Moscow State Academy of Choreography.

Her repertoire includes: Kitri and Cupid (Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus), pas de deux (The Flame of Paris by Boris Asafyev), Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty by P. Tchaikovsky) and others. 


Alina KHYLKO
Soloist, the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre 

Ms. Khylko is a graduate of the K. Dankevich Odessa State School for Arts and Culture and the International Slavic University.

Her repertoire includes: Odette-Odile (Swan Lake by P. Tchaikovsky), the Violente Fairy and the Diamond Fairy (The Sleeping Beauty by P. Tchaikovsky), Waltz of Flowers (The Nutcracker by P. Tchaikovsky); Paquita (Paquita by L.Minkus ), the duet of Grand jetes the Shades trio (La Bayadere by Ludwig Minkus); Mirtha (Giselle by A. Adam); Nymph (Walpurgis Night by Charles Gounod); The Fairy of Water (The Mystery of the Vienna Wood with music by Gustav Mahler and Johannes Strauss) and others. 

 


Sergey SIDORSKY
Premier dancer, Shevchenko National Opera of Ukraine. Honoured Artist of Ukraine 

Laureate of The ІV Serge Lifar International Competition of Ballet (2002), a diploma holder of the VIII Open Russian Ballet Competition Arabesque 2004, a holder of a prize for the best performance of pa de deux with the music by P. Tchaikovsky (2004), M. Petipa Prize for accurate performance and academism in classical dance (2004).

Mr. Sidorsky is a graduate of the Kyiv State Choreographic School.

His repertoire includes: lead parts in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty by P. Tchaikovsky, Prince (Cinderella by S. Prokofiev), Count Albrecht (Giselle by A. Adam), Solor (La Bayadere by Ludwig Minkus), Jose (Carmen Suite by George Bizet and Rodion Shchedrin), Franz (Coppelia by Leo Delibes), Lucien (Paquita by L. Minkus), James (La Sylphide by H. Levenskiold), Basilio (Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus), Romeo (Romeo and Juliet by S. Prokofiev), Young Man (The Rite of Spring by I. Stravinsky) and others. 


Michael MARTINYUK
The premiere dancer of the Kremlin Ballet Theatre. Honoured Artist of Russia

A holder of the prize for the best performance of contemporary dance at the VII Open Ballet Competition of Russia Arabesque 2002 and the winner of the Youth Prize Triumph (2005), prizewinner in All Russia Ballet Competition in Krasnodar (2004), prizewinner in the І International Ballet Competition in Astana (2006). 

Mr. Martynyuk is a graduate of the Perm State Choreographic School.

His repertoire includes: Napoleon (Napoleon Bonaparte by T. Khrennikov), Basilio (Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus), Tom Sawyer (Tom Sawyer by P. Ovsyannikov), Prince (The Nutcracker by P. Tchaikovsky), Count Albrecht (Giselle by A. Adam), Franz (Coppelia by Leo Delibes), Acteon (La Esmeralda by C.Pugni), Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet by S. Prokofiev), Alladin (One and a Thousand Nights by F. Amirov), Figaro (Figaro with music by G. Rossini and W. A. Mozart) and others. 


Ion KUROSHU 

Soloist of the N. Kasatkina and V. Vasiliev Moscow State Academic Theatre for Classical Ballet

Mr. Kuroshu is a graduate of the Moscow State Academy of Choreography.

The soloist has performed the lead parts in the ballets Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty by P. Tchaikovsky, Spartacus by A. Khachaturian, Don Quixote by L. Minkus, Giselle by A. Adam, etc. 

 

 

 

 


Koya OKAWA
Soloist, the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre 

The First Prize winner in the International Ballet Competition in Alma-Ata in 2008, The First Prize winner in the Open Ballet Competition in Japan in 2009, the Third Prize winner in the Yuri Grigorovich International Competition Young Ballet of the World (Sochi, 2010), the First Prize winner of the Ekaterina Maksimova International Competition of the Ballet Dancers Arabesque 2012 in Perm, Russia.

Mr. Okawa is a graduate of the Moscow State Academy of Choreography.

His repertoire includes: Basilio (Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus), pas de deux (The Flame of Paris by Boris Asafyev), Prince Desire (The Sleeping Beauty by P. Tchaikovsky) and others. 

 


Stanislav SKRYNNIK
Soloist, the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre 

A participant of the IV Yuri Grigorovich International Competition Young Ballet of the World (2012).

Mr. Skrynnik is a graduate of the Moscow State Academy of Choreography.

His repertoire includes: Prince Siegfried and Benno (Swan Lake by P. Tchaikovsky), Crown Prince (The Mystery of the Vienna Wood with the music by Gustav Mahler and Johannes Strauss); Young Man (Les Sylphides with the music by Frederic Chopin), Espada (Don Quixote Ludwig Minkus), Lucien (Paquita by Ludwig Minkus) and many others.    

Day 8. Odessa Stars of the World’s Opera Stage

Principal Conductor of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater

Aleksandru SAMOILE 
People’s Artist of Moldova

Laureate of State Prize and The Knight Order of Merit of The Republic of Moldova, prizewinner of The Irina Arkhipova’s Fund in 2001 (Gold Medal).

Aleksandru Samoile graduated from The Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatoire (Prof. V. Stoller and A. Yanson’s class), as well as The Mussorgsky Ural State Conservatoire (Prof. Mark Paverman’s class).

Being Principal Conductor and Artistic Director in the National Opera of The Republic of Moldova from 1981 till 2003 Aleksandru Samoile worked with The National Orchestra of Russia, The Tchaikovsky Grand Symphony Orchestra, The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, The New Philharmonic Tokyo (Japan), and The Orchestra of National Radio of Romania.

Aleksandru Samoile has conducted in The Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, The Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Musical Theatre, The St. Petersburg Mikhailovsky Theatre, in the opera houses of Kyiv, Minsk, Samara, Chelyabinsk, Ufa, Yekaterinburg and other cities.

On conducting Aida by Verdi in London Royal Albert Hall in 1996 for the first time, maestro is invited to conduct in London and other cities of England, Ireland and Scotland (Norma by Bellini, Nabucco and La traviata by G. Verdi, Carmen by Bizet, Tosca, La bohème, Madam Butterfly, Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, The Bat by J. Strauss, etc) every season.

The conductor has been working with National Opera of Romania since 1988 and has put up a number of significant operatic productions there. Maestro Samoile took the position of Principal Conductor and Artistic Director in State Opera of Izmir (Turkey) in 1990 regularly working with ensembles of the opera houses of Istanbul, Ankara, and Anatolia where he brought up quite a number of productions (Electra by R. Strauss, Rusalka by Dvorak, Eugene Onegin by P. Tchaikovsky, Macbeth, Othello, Il trovatore, Rigoletto by G. Verdi, Hoffmann’s Tales by J. Offenbach, Il barbiere di Siviglia by G. Rossini, L'elisir d'amore by G. Donizetti, Le nozze di Figaro, The Abduction from the Seraglio, Zaide, Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni by Mozart and other operas).

The conductor has taken part in numerous opera festivals Irina Arkhipova Presents with participation of the world-famous opera stars. Maestro is a co-founder and co-producer of the opera festival Maria Bieshu Invites and has been leading the festival and the Bieshu Contest of Young Opera Singers for more than 20 years.

Aleksandru Samoile has been a permanent participant of the International Opera Aspendos, for which he has produced opera Médée by L. Cherubini, Lucia di Lammermoor by G. Donizetti, Nabucco and Aida by G. Verdi, Carmen by Bizet, La bohème by Giacomo Puccini, Cavalleria rusticana by Pietro Mascagni, Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo.

Maestro has taken part in Istanbul Opera Festival for a number of times. In 2000 the conductor brought up a grand production of oratorio Paulus (Paul) by F. Mendelssohn with participation of four choirs, soloists and a symphony orchestra with doubled number of musicians for the festival in antique Ephesus. The event was dedicated to the 2,000th anniversary of Christianity.

Aleksandru Samoile has been Principal conductor and Music director of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre since 2009. 


Oksana LYNIV
Conductor of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

Prizewinner in The First Maher International Conductors’ Contest in Bamberg, Germany (2004, Third Prize), holder of scholarships from The Goethe Institute, German Service for Academic Exchanges, Dresdner Europa Stipendium, and Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation for Young Musicians, holder of a special scholarship given to women-conductors by The Berg Symphony Academy and Conductors’ Forum of German Music Board.

Ms. Lyniv is a graduate from The Opera and Symphony Conducting Faculty of The Lysenko Lviv State Music Academy and K. M. von Weber Higher School of Music (Dresden).

Oksana Lyniv has conducted Bavarian Chamber Music Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestras of Berg, North Rhine-Westphalia – Westphalia, Bremen and Nurnberg, opera orchestras of Bonn and Osnabruck (Germany), opera orchestras of Lviv National Academic Theatre, National Opera of Estonia, Symphony Orchestras of Romania and Japan. The conductor has been working for Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre since 2008.

Since then Ms Lyniv has revived operas La boheme by Giacomo Puccini, Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo, has produced a ballet Mystery of the Vienna Woods in original music concept based on music by Gustav Mahler and Johannes Strauss.


Anna SHAFAJINSKAIA

Soprano. Soloist with Royal Opera House Covent Garden (London), Opera Bastille in Paris, Gran Teatro del Liceu (Barcelona), Deutsche Oper (Berlin) and many others

Anna’s voice is a “sensational platinum soprano” according to Rodney Milnes from “The Times” (London).

The singer started her opera career winning the 5th Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition. Having sung Tosca opposite legendary maestro Luciano Pavarotti Anna gained international recognition. Anna is the winner in 14 National & International Vocal Competitions, winner of the Best Debut Artist Award at New York City Opera, a nominee for Maria Callas Award in Dallas and Grammy Award. Anna Shafajinskaia is acclaimed internationally as one of the best current Turandots.

Anna’s repertoire has lead parts from the operas by G. Verdi (Aida, Nabucco, Un ballo in maschera, La forza del destino, Attila), P. Tchaikovsky (The Queen of Spades, Eugene Onegin, Iolantha), Ruggeri Leoncavallo, G. Puccini (Tosca, Turandot, La boheme, Manon Lesco) and others.


Susanna CHAKHOIAN
Soprano. Soloist of the T. Shevchenko National Opera of Ukraine. Honoured Artist of Ukraine

Prizewinner in international opera singers’ competitions in Austria, Italy, Hungary, Spain.

Ms. Chakhoian is a graduate of the Nezhdanova Odessa National Academy of Music and of Pyotr Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music (class of the People’s Artist of the USSR and Ukraine Eugenia Miroshnichenko).

The singer’s repertoire includes lead parts in the operas by Western European composer, in particular, by C. Gounod (Romeo and Juliet), Gaetano Donizetti, (Lucia de Lammermoor), G. Verdi (Rigoletto), G. Puccini (La boheme), W. A. Mozart (The Magic Flute), G. Bizet (The Pearl Fishers), etc. 

 


Inga MARTYNOVA
Soloist of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

Grand Prix winner and Golden medal holder of the Alchevsky International Vocal Competition (2001), Prizewinner and Bronze medal holder of the Lysenko International Vocal Competition (2002), Prizewinner and Bronze medal holder of the Krushelnitskaya International Vocal Competition (2003), Diploma holder of the International Competition YANTARNY SOLOVEY (Kaliningrad, Russia, 2003).

Ms. Martynova is a graduate of the Nezhdanova Odessa National Academy of Music. She was invited to join the Odessa Opera Company in 2001.

Her repertoire includes parts of Tatiana (Eugene Onegin by P. Tchaikovsky), Lisa (Queen of Spades P. Tchaikovsky), Iolanta (Iolanta by P. Tchaikovsky), Mimì (La bohème by G. Puccini), Élisabeth de Valois (Don Carlos by G. Verdi), Leonora (Il trovatore by G. Verdi), Zemfira (Aleko by Sergei Rachmaninoff).

Ms. Martynova has toured to German, has participated in the festival Saaremaa Opera Days (Estonia), has performed at the Kharkov Opera and Ballet and the National Opera of Ukraine and Kiev Philharmonic. 


Mikhail KIT
Bass. Soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre. People’s Artist of Russia. Recipient of the medal of the Order For Services to the Fatherland, second class 

Prizewinner in the M. Glinka All Union Singing Competition (1973), the International Youth and Student Festival Competition in Havana (1977), prizewinner at the International Francisco Vines Young Opera Singers’ Competition in Barcelona, Grand-prix (1978).

Mr. Kit is a graduate of the Nezhdanova Odessa National Academy of Music.

The singer’s repertoire includes lead bass parts from the key operas by Russian composers, in particular, by M. Glinka (Ruslan and Lyudmila, Ivan Susanin), Modest Mussorgsky (Boris Godunov and Khovanshchina), A. Borodin (Prince Igor), P. Tchaikovsky (Eugene Onegin, Mazepa, Iolantha), M. Rimsky-Korsakov (The Maid of Pskov, Sadko, The Tale of Tsar Saltan), S. Prokifiev (The Love for Three Oranges, War and Peace); as well as lead arts from the famous operas by G. Verdi (Aida, Othello), W. A. Mozart (Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflote), R. Wagner (Lohengrin, Das Rheingold, Parsifal). 


August AMONOV
Tenor. Soloist of the Mariinsky Theater 

Prizewinner of the XIX M. Glinka International Singing Competition (2001) and of I. Arkhipova Foundation (2004).

Mr. Amonov is a graduate of K. Sagyrbayev Alma-Ata State Conservatoire (E. Serkebayev’s class).

His repertoire includes vocal parts from the operas by Modest Mussorgsky (Khovanshchina), M. Rimsky-Korsakov (Mlada, The legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia), Pyotr Tchaikovsky (The Enchantress, the Queen of Spades, Iolantha), Sergey Prokofiev (War and Peace); Giuseppe Verdi (Nabucco and Il trovatore, Un ballo in maschera, Don Carlo), G. Puccini (Tosca, Turandot), R. Wagner (Die Walkure, Parsifal) and others.  


Vitaly BILYY

Baritone. Soloist of La Scala, National Opera of Israel and State Opera of Bavaria 

Prizewinner in many international singing competitions, in particular, Elena Obraztsova Singing Competition, M. Caballe Singing Competition, F. Vinas International Competition for Young Singers, P. Domingo Competition Operalia.

Mr. Bilyy is a graduate of the NezhdanovaOdessa National Academy of Music, specialized in choral conducting under Prof. Alla (Alice) Serebri and solo singing under Prof. Yury Teterya.

Vitaly Bilyy’s repertoire includes lead baritone parts in the operas Lucia de Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti, Eugene Onegin and Iolantha by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, La traviata, Macbeth, Attila by Giuseppe Verdi, Carmen and The Pearl Fishers by G. Bizet, La Boheme by G. Puccini, Boris Godunov and Khovanshchina by Modest Mussorgsky, and many others. 


Stanislav TRIFONOV
Baritone. Soloist of the Bolshoi National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus

Recipient of the F. Skorina Medal “For the Highest Degree of Professionalism and Contribution into Development of National Cultures and Arts“. Mr. Trifonov is a graduate of the Nezhdanova Odessa National Academy of Music (class of V. Navrotsky).

Prizewinner of numerous international opera singers’ competitions. His repertoir includes lead parts in operas by G. Verdi (Nabucco, Macbeth, Un ballo in maschera, Il trovatore, Aida, La traviata), G. Puccini (Tosca, Madam Butterfly, La boheme), G.Rossini (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), G. Bizet (Carmen), S. Rachmaninoff (Aleko), P. Tchaikovsky («Eugene Onegin), A. Borodin (Prince Igor), etc.

 


Konstantin ANDREEV
Tenor. Soloist with Teatro Real in Madrid

Prizewinner of the S. Zimin International Singing Competition in Moscow (1996), Fundacion Guerrero International Singing Competition (2000) and Maestro Alonso in Madrid (2001), a holder of a prize for the best rendering of Russian music in F. Vinas International Competition for Young Singers (1997); a holder of a prize for performing zarzuela in P. Domingo Competition Operalia (2000) in Los Angeles.

Mr. Andreev is a graduate of the Nezhdanova Odessa National Academy of Music (class of M. Ogrenich). The singer’s repertoire includes lead parts from the operas by Western European composers, in particular, G. Verdi (Aida, Don Carlo, Luisa Miller), Charles Gounod (Faust, Mireille), G. Puccini (La Boheme, Madam Butterfly, Turandot), J. Massenet (Werther, Tha`s ) and others. 

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