26.02.2024, 18:34 73526

Astana Opera Academy Attendees Took Part in the Winter Arts Festival

The Astana Opera International Opera Academy attendees underwent training as part of the 17th Winter Arts Festival in Sochi. Its artistic director is the world-famous violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet. Baritone from Kokshetau Bekulan Yerbolatuly and tenor from Astana Nursultan Anuarbek took part in master classes, lectures and lessons by outstanding teachers and musical figures, and also performed in the final concert, Astana Opera press office reports.

From February 19 to 24 we were trained at the academy of the 17th International Winter Arts Festival in Sochi. The festival is a unique platform for creative people, which has various focus areas," Nursultan Anuarbek noted. "It is held annually in Sochi and brings together many star participants: musicians, artists, and, of course, viewers. An important part of the festival is its vocal department, which organizes educational events for young opera performers."

According to Bekulan Yerbolatuly, the Astana Opera International Opera Academy attendee, the result of the extensive training program with an abundance of lectures and master classes was the presentation of diplomas.

We also took part in the concert that concluded our training. I would like to express my gratitude to the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the International Opera Academy and the State Opera and Ballet Theatre "Astana Opera" for the opportunity to gain new knowledge," the soloist said.

It is worth mentioning that seventeen young vocalists aged from 20 to 35 from Russia, Armenia, Georgia and Kazakhstan were selected to participate in the training course at the music festival in Sochi this year. According to tradition, the head of the Bolshoi Theatre Young Artists Opera Program, Honored Art Worker of Russia Dmitry Vdovin supervised the vocal department work.

As part of the educational program, the young vocalists had the opportunity to work on advancing their professional skills with the major representatives of European opera art: People’s Artist of USSR Makvala Kasrashvili, founder of the Gerstel International Opera Management Teddy Gerstel (Switzerland), coach of the Armenian National Opera and Ballet Theatre Seriné-Lyuba Tatevosyan (Armenia / France), artistic director of the opera class of the Department of Musical Theatre Arts of the Academy of Choir Art of Russia Ekaterina Vasheruk.

The educational project, in which we were lucky enough to participate, became very useful. Here we were introduced to outstanding masters of opera art, who shared invaluable knowledge and many years of experience. Such events are a breath of fresh air that motivates you, forces you to work more actively on yourself, and reveals the profession from new sides," Bekulan Yerbolatuly emphasized.

As a reminder, the Astana Opera International Opera Academy was founded in 2019. The second set of young performers from Kazakhstan and other countries is undergoing advanced training at this time. The first class of graduates has already made a successful start in the profession. These young artists are effectively building their careers in our country and are sought after abroad.

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