Monday, January 22, 2007

Kyiv National Opera Showcases Ukrainian Operas By Artemovsky, Lysenko, And Skoryk - And Eight Other World Operatic Masterpieces As Well - In January

The Kyiv, Ukraine National Opera, which has been described as one of the top five opera houses in Europe, manages to present eleven operas in January 2007, including three by Ukrainian national composers: Semen Hulak-Artemovsky's Zaporozhets za Dunaem [The Zaporozhian/Cossack Beyond the Danube], Mykola Lysenko's Natalka Poltavka, and Myroslav Skoryk's Moses [2001]. [Myroslav Skorik is best known in the "West" for his soundtrack to the film "Tini Zabutykh Predkiv" ["Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors"], of 1964, by filmmaker Sergei Paradjanov, who was born in Tbilisi, Georgia [to Armenian parents], studied in Moscow, Russia, and began his career in Kyiv, Ukraine -- all countries, including Armenia, of which are part of 'Europe', according to the United Nations geographical classification system. After the filming of "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors" several outstanding works of Hutsel [Gutsel]-East Carpathian folk art were donated by the film team to the National Art Museum, Kyiv.]

I hope that the "experts" at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Washington National Opera; as well as many staff members of the new American Democratic Congress and aides to all the Democratic Presidential Candidates, are beginning to pay attention to the issue of America's national culture and its tarnished image both at home and in the world at large.

Kyiv, Ukraine National Opera
January 2007 Event Composer Type

1. Coppelia L. Delibes Ballet
3. Nutcracker P. Tchaikovsky Ballet
3. Barber from Seville G. Rossini Opera
4. Nutcracker P. Tchaikovsky Ballet
4. Tsar's Bride M. Rimsky-Korsakov Opera
5 Nutcracker P. Tchaikovsky Ballet
5 Madame Butterfly G. Puccini Opera
6. Kiev Orchestra and Choir Various Concert
7. Christmas [Orthodox] Show Various Concert
9 Bayaderka L. Minkus Ballet
10 Zaporozhets za Dunaem S. G. Artemovski Opera
11 La Sylphide H. von Lovenskjold Ballet
11 Panyanka i Khuligan D. Shostakovich Ballet
12 Lucia di Lammermoor G. Donizetti Opera
13 Carmen Suite G. Bizet/R. Shedrin Ballet
13 Bolero M. Ravel Ballet
14 Moses M. Skorik Opera
16 Swan Lake P. Tchaikovsky Ballet
17 Rigoletto G. Verdi Opera
18 Nutcracker P. Tchaikovsky Ballet
19 Natalka Poltavka M. Lysenko Opera
20 La Sylphide H. von Lovenskjold Ballet
21 Carmen G. Bizet Opera
22 Reunion Day Gala Evening Various Concert
23 La Traviata G. Verdi Opera
24 Carmen Suite G. Bizet/R. Shedrin Ballet
24 Paquita L. Minkus Ballet
25 Nabucco G. Verdi Opera
27 Eugene Onegin P. Tchaikovsky Drama
28 Nutcracker P. Tchaikovsky Ballet
30 Barber from Seville G. Rossini Opera
31 Vienna Waltz Strauss Family Ballet

Ticket prices range from 5 to 50 Hryvnia ($1.00 to $10.00) per performance and are available at the National Opera House ticket box office (234-7165) or from ticket outlets located throughout the city and shopping malls. Prices for special events may be higher in cost. The National Opera House is located at 50 Volodymyrska Street (corner of Bohdana Khmelnystkoho Street [and near the new 'Opera' Luxury-Boutique Hotel]) and is one the best cultural event values for the money, in Kyiv.

[Click image for enlargement.]

Moses and the Evil Spirit...
The Evil Spirit Makes Fun of Moses, Taunts Him, Laughs At Him, Tempts Him

Scene from Act II of Myroslav Skoryk's Moses, based upon the Ukrainian poem by Ivan Franko. The opera premiered in Lviv, Ukraine, Europe, in the Spring of 2001.

Photo credit: (c) and Pro-W International Corp.(Ukraine). All rights reserved. With thanks.


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