04.12.2023, 10:33 73491

Bravo, Opera!: New Soloists of the ASTANA OPERA Academy Gave Their First Concert

Bravo, Opera!: New Soloists of the ASTANA OPERA Academy Gave Their First Concert
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The first concert prepared by the new cast of the ASTANA OPERA International Opera Academy ended with shouts of "bravo". Young soloists took the Kulyash Baiseitova Chamber Hall stage of the capital’s opera house with the program Bravo, Opera! for the first time and were warmly received by classical music aficionados, Astana Opera press office reports.

The concert was the result of the soloists’ first month of work with the coaches of the academy: the famous opera diva, vocal Maestro Marina Meshcheryakova (Vienna, Austria), Honored Worker of Kazakhstan, Astana Opera’s opera company director, Professor Azamat Zheltyrguzov and Honored Worker of Kazakhstan, Astana Opera’s principal soloist Zhupar Gabdullina.

It was with great joy that I took over the baton from my colleagues - principal soloists of the Astana Opera, amazing singers who work very successfully with the academy’s attendees," Marina Meshcheryakova said. "The cast of youth programs around the world is getting increasingly younger, and the ASTANA OPERA Academy is a prime example of this. The guys are very talented, amazingly hardworking. What makes me delighted is that they are eager to practice and are always in a state of searching for new sensations and colors in their voices."

The program of the first concert of the academy’s soloists included world masterpieces of classical opera: from the bel canto era to modern music. Anastasia Remeskova beautifully performed the Countess’s aria from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and Nematillo Zkrullaev and Leila Alamanova performed the duet of the Count and Susanna from the same opera. Nursultan Anuarbek masterfully sung Nemorino’s aria from Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, and Shohrukh Yunusov sung Don Ottavio’s aria from Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The concert featured Oronte’s aria from Verdi’s I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata performed by Merei Kadyrkhanov and Rodrigo’s aria from Verdi’s Don Carlos, sung by Sultan Bakytzhan. The young performers delighted the capital’s audience.

The duets of Violetta and Alfredo, Germont and Violetta from Verdi’s La Traviata, Mimi’s aria from Puccini’s La Bohème, Schubert’s Ave Maria, Faust’s aria from the opera of the same name by Gounod, and Mancini’s "Moon River" were also performed. There was also a medley of Neapolitan songs performed by three tenors. The grand conclusion of the concert was the performance of Adolphe Adam’s anthem "O Holy Night" by all participants of the evening.

Zhanar Akhmetova performed the piano part.

The first month as soloists of the International Opera Academy became very eventful and educational. We worked hard so that the audience could enjoy our performance," Leila Alamanova shared. "It is a great pleasure to work with such teachers as Marina Meshcheryakova. She is incredible! The concert in which we took part was our first appearance on the Astana Opera stage: it is very exciting and responsible. I am very glad that everything went well, and the capital’s viewers received us warmly. I think that this performance gave me new strength to continue working on myself."

It is worth emphasizing that the ASTANA OPERA International Opera Academy is a unique educational project that has no analogues in the republic. Its main goal is to train international level vocalists and strengthen the image of the Kazakh performing arts.

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