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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   


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