Ukrainian play written by Ivan Kotlyarevsky
Language: original language
Sergyj Naenko Honored Artist of Ukraine
Mykhailo Ryndzak People's Artist of Ukraine
Vasyl Koval Winner of Ukrainian competition
Bank of the river Vorskla. Here comes the sad Natalka. She longs for her beloved Petro, who has been working abroad for five years already. Vozniy Tetervakovsky appears and declares his love to Natalka. Nevertheless, a poor but proud girl refuses – they are no match.
Singing a humorous song, enters Viborniy Makohonenko. Vozniy tells him about Natalka and asks the village headman to intercede with her on his behalf.
At Terpilikha’s house. Mother blames her daughter for rejecting all grooms, while they are in a great need. Natalia replies that she only loves Petro and will be waiting for him.
Viborniy Makohonenko enters the house. He advises to marry Natalka off for Vozniy Tetervakovsky and thus get rid of poverty. To calm her mother she agrees to marry Vozniy.
A street in the village. Natalka still hopes for Petro’s return. Meanwhile, boys and girls come to her engagement. All go to the house. Burlak Mykola tells about his miserable fate.
Singing a sad song, Petro comes to the village. From a conversation with Mykola, he learns about Natalka’s marriage. The young man is in despair. He asks Mykola to find out whether Natalka is getting married on her own will.
Natalka rushes in. She swears to Peter that she loves only him, and now, when he is back, she says no to Vozniy. Tetervakovsky and Terpilikha are outraged. Peter decides to accept his fate and go away, so as not to upset Natalka’s mother. Terpilikha is touched by Petro’s gesture. Vozniy is also touched and decides to do at least one good deed in his life. He refuses from Natalka. Terpilikha gives her blessing to Natalka and Petro. The couple invites everyone to their wedding.
“Natalka Poltavka” (Natalka from Poltava) is an opera composed by M. Lysenko based on I. Kotlyarevsky play. The plot of the opera attracts spectators with optimism, sincere love for the common people, and realistic image of rural life.
“Natalka Poltavka” is the classic story about love and devotion, the story which underlies the formation of the Ukrainian theater of the early nineteenth century. Every pupil knows it now, but not everyone has heard folk melodies adopted by Lysenko and charming voices of talented singers who perform main characters: Natalka, Petro, Terpelykha, Mykola and others.
Lyubov Kachala Honored Artist of Ukraine
Veronika Kolomishcheva winner of the international competition
Luydmyla Ostash winner of the international competition
Mariana Mazur laureate of international competitions
Nataliya Datsko Honored Artist of Ukraine
Vasyl Sadovskyj winner of the Ukrainian competition
Oleg Sadetsky Honored artist of Ukraine
Vitalij Zagorbenskyj winner of the international competition
Mykola Kornutyak winner of the international competition
Petro Radeyko winner of the international competition
Roman Kovalchuk Honored Artist of Ukraine
Oleh Lanovyy winner of the international competition
Yuriy Trytsetskyy Honored artist of Ukraine
Volodymyr Chibisov winner of the international competition