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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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