Monday, July 10, 2006

Chairman Of The Supreme State Council Of The Belarus-Russia Union State And President Of Belarus Alexander Lukashenka Awards Union State Art Prizes

President of Belarus awards artists in Vitebsk

"Today chairman of the Supreme State Council of the Belarus-Russia Union State, president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has given the Union State Prizes for the Achievements in the Spheres of Literature and Arts for 2005-2006 to writer Stanislav Kunyaev, People’s Artist of the USSR Rostislav Yankovsky, and People’s Artist of Russia Alexander Kalyagin.

Also Alexander Lukashenko conferred an Order of [European and Belarusian Renaissance Scholar and Printer] Francysk Skaryna on Distinguished Artist of the Russian Federation Nikolay Baskov, People’s Artist of the Russian Federation Nadezhda Babkina, and People’s Artist of Ukraine Nikolay Gnatyuk.

Nadezhda Babkina voiced cordial gratitude to the president of Belarus and the Belarusian people for the honor they paid to her. According to her, the Belarusian and Russian peoples are united. Speaking about Belarus and Russia, Nadezhda Babkina said: “I do not share these two states because they have always been a home for me in my heart [sic]. Whatever happens in our lives, we have mutual understanding, love, and kindness”.

Having received his award, Nikolay Baskov said: “I serve to the Slavonic people”."

News Release Belarus Official State Telegraph Agency July 7, 2006


Belarusian Opera and the National Academic Opera Theatre of Belarus

"March 10, 1939 was the opening night of Eugene Tikotsky's 'Michas Padhorny' which took place in a new magnificent [modernist opera house] designed by the architect Ilya Lanhbard. June, 1940 saw the young company's triumph at the 10-day Festival of Belarusian Art in Moscow, where the singers were hailed for their roles in three Belarusian operas. Besides 'Michas Padhorny', those were 'In Palessie's Forests' by Bogatyrev and 'The Happiness Flower' by Turenkov.

Though Belarusian Opera's performances were interrupted for several months by the fascist invasion in 1942, the company began their revival in Nizhny Novgorod [Russia]. No sooner had Minsk been liberated, than Belarusian Opera got back home, to open the new season in December, 1944 with the premiere of Tikotsky's 'Alesia'.

Since the very first day of its foundation, promoting Belarusian national operas has always been the company's major concern. Collaboration with Belarusian composers brought to life such dazzling productions as 'Nadezhda Durova' by Anatoly Bogatyrev, 'The Star of Venus' and 'The New Land' by Jury Semeniaka, 'The Old Legend' by Dmitry Smolsky, 'Giordano Bruno' by Serguei Kortes, 'The Life Path' by Heinrych Vaghner, and 'The Prince of Navahradak' by Andrej Bondarenko. Vladimir Soltan's 'King Stach's Wild Hunt', Eugene Glebov's 'Master and Margarita', and Serguei Kortes's 'The Lady's Visit' are still on the repertoire list."

The only partially destroyed building of the Belarusian State Theatre of Opera and Ballet. Minsk, 1941-1944. The modernist structure survived major damage due to the fact that it was situated in a park on a riverbank hillside.
(BGAKFFD, album 9, No. 1 Sov.) [Twelfth image on page]

Photo credit: [Great Patriot War] Victory Archives of the Government of Belarus. With thanks.


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