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13 Feb

10 love duets from classical operas and ballets for St. Valentine’s Day

St. Valentine’s Day is a holiday that we could not but mention. Classical music is the only kind of art that is capable of expressing fully the flow of feelings accompanying the mystery of Love. We have chosen 5 operatic and 5 ballet duets out of the Odessa Opera telling about love that can be sensual and passionate, unrequited and scarifying, imprisoning and free. Each musical fragment would color the romantic dinner in a special way. You may include any fragment into your game plan of the St. Valentine’s Day celebration.


The scene from the ballet The Rite of Spring by Igor STRAVINSKY shows genesis of Love in the depth of archaic rueful feelings, emotions and appetence.

 

Choreography by Georgy Kovtun
Performed by Maria POLYUDOVA and Vladymir STATNY, Honored Artists of the Republic of Moldova.


An adagio from Scene 2 of the ballet Swan Lake by Pyotr TCHAIKOVSKY is a perfect lyrical duet praising evolving love and trust.

 

Performed by Catherine KALCHENKO and Sergiy DOTSENKO, Honored Artist of Ukraine.


A duet The Kiss After Klimt from the ballet “Nureyev Forever...” reveals longing for sensual pleasure.

Choreography by Yuri VASYUCHENKO, Honored Artist of Russia
Performed by Catherine KALCHENKO and Vyacheslav KRAVCHENKO.


A duet of Carmen and Jose from the ballet Carmen Suite by Gorge BIZET and Rodion SHCHEDRIN is a conflict between loving freedom and loving imprisonment.

 

Choreography by Albert ALONSO
Performed by Maria POLYUDOVA and Vladymir STATNY, Honored Artists of the Republic of Moldova.


An adagio from Act 2 of the ballet Giselle by Adolph ADAM is a real anthem to love, forgiveness and loyalty. It is an absolute masterpiece.

Performed by Ellina POKHODNYKH and Sergiy DOTSENKO, Honored Artist of Ukraine.


A duet of Don Juan and Zerlina from the opera Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART is both a tempting and seducing love.

Performed by Anastasia HOLUB and Vasily DOBROVOLSKY.


A duet of Amneris and Radames from the opera Aida by Giuseppe VERDI shows unrequited love in a passionate attempt of a woman to engage a man via saving his life and the man’s decision to sacrifice his life for the sake of his love towards other woman.

Performed by Tetyana SPASSKA and Valery BENDEROV, Honored Artists of Ukraine
Conducted by Alexandru SAMOILĂ, People’s Artist of the Republic of Moldova.


A duet of Andrea and Magdalena from the opera Andrea Chénier by Umberto GIORDANO is the absoluteness of loving union in death when the heroine joins his beloved in full execution.

Performed by Anna SHAFAZHINSKAYA and Konstantin ANDREEV
Conducted by Alexandru SAMOILĂ, People’s Artist of the Republic of Moldova.


A duet of Cio-Cio San and Pinkerton from the opera Madame Butterfly by Puccini is a contraposition of pure female loving faith to male striving for a moment of pleasure.

Performed by Larisa ZUENKO, Honored Artist of Ukraine, and Konstantin ANDREEV.


A duet of Edgar and Lucia from the opera Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano DONIZETTI is purity of mutual love that faces parting.

Performed by Nadiya SYCHUK and Oleg ZLAKOMAN.


These are just some fragments illustrating various facets of one feeling. We hope that having watched these fragments with your partner you will have a desire to visit our theatre. You can choose a performance in the website section PRODUCTIONS.

You can also prolong our list and suggest your favorite duets. Your suggestions will be taken into account while making up concert programs in the future. Please visit our Facebook page and leave your commentaries there.  


Translation by Angelika KUZNETSOVA
Special thanks to
Vasyl NAVROTSKY, Artistic Director of the theatre, People’s Artist of Ukraine,
Harry SEVOYAN, Ballet Manager, Honoured Artist of Ukraine,
and 
Nelly IVANOVA-GEORGIEVS’KA, Head of the Igor Chernyshev Research Centre of Dance Art
for their support and help.