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The performance Cossacks in Exile will be dedicated to the 200th anniversary of Semen Hulak-Artemovsky

The performance Cossacks in Exile that is to be held on the stage of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater on March 17 will be dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the author for this opera, Ukrainian composer and singer Semen Hulak-Artemovsky.

Vasil Navrotsky, People’s Artist of Ukraine, is performing the part of the Cossack Ivan Karas, Nadiya Shakun, Honoured Artist of Ukraine, is performing the part of his wife Odarka, Julia Tereshchuk is singing the part of Oksana, Dmytro Mikheev is singing Andrew. Valery Regrut is conducting the performance.

Background Information. Semen Hulak-Artemovsky is a Ukrainian composer, singer, actor, scriptwriter, and the author for the first Ukrainian opera.

He was born in the town Horodishche in Cherkassy Oblast, Ukraine in 1813.

His beautiful voice made his destiny. In 1838 Michael Glinka noticed Semen when the young man was studying in Kyiv seminary. He brought the gifted youngster to St. Petersburg. At first Glinka taught him singing himself and later, in 1839 the composer arranged a couple of concerts for Semen’s benefit. Hulak-Artemovsky studied abroad on the money collected for his benefit. After Paris he went to Italy where he studied for 2 years and then had his debut in the Opera of Florence.

Semen Hulak-Artemovsky returned to St. Petersburg in 1842. He became a soloist of the Russian Imperial Opera and worked there for 22 years. Between 1864 and 1865 Hulak-Artemovsky was a soloist of the Bolshoy Theatre in Moscow. As a composer he was mostly known for his first Ukrainian opera Cossacks in Exile that later became Ukrainian classics.

Semen Hulak-Artemosky died in Moscow in 1973 and was buried at the Vagankovske cemetery.