XVII SOLOMIIA KRUSHELNYTSKA INTERNATIONAL OPERA FESTIVAL welcomes
Lviv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, which in 2000 was named after Solomiya Krushelnytska, is constantly working to preserve the memory of the prominent Ukrainian opera singer of the beginning of the 19th – early 20th century.
In the foyer of the theatre we admire the portrait of the actress created by Liubomyr Mervid, the People’s artist of Ukraine. In the mirror hall we immediately catch a sight of the bust of the singer, which was created by Yaroslav Skakun, People’s artist of Ukraine. The portrait of Solomiya Krushelnytska in bronze was also unveiled in the museum of the theatre „La Scala” (Milan, Italy) by the efforts of our theatre. This monument acquaints modern spectators with the Ukrainian opera singer who charmed Italy with her divine voice.
The ballet “Return of Butterfly” was created by prominent Ukrainian composer Myroslav Skoryk for our theatre. The ballet tells the story about the life and career of Solomiya Krushelnytska, particularly how she saved opera “Madama Butterfly” by Puccini from fiasco.
Exhibitions, dedicated to the singer’s anniversaries, have been hold in the mirror hall of the theatre. The most popular was the exhibition “Solomiya”, during which Ukrainian artists presented their paintings – portraits of the actress and pictures of the places she visited.
International opera contests and festivals named after Solomiya Krushelnytska and organized by Ihor Latsanych, conductor, People’s Artist of Ukraine, are the pride of the theatre. The festival was born in November 1988 during memory days of Solomiya Krushelnytska. All subsequent festivals have been also held in the middle of November. They gather all prominent performers and passionate supporters of the opera and its symbol – the great Solomiya.
The program of all the festivals consists of foreign opera classics, once performed by Solomiya Krushelnytska. These are well-known masterpieces of G. Verdi, G. Puccini, G. Bizet, R. Wagner, P. Mascagni, and others.
This year the 30th anniversary is celebrated by the organization of the 17th festival. It will be very rich and vivid. Previous festivals were attended by individual singers; this year whole theatre companies are coming. They join “Ukrainian Breakthrough”, grand project of Vasyl Vovkun, the general manager – artistic director of the theatre, People’s Artist of Ukraine. Lviv and the world will see and hear the best music theatres of Ukraine: National Opera of Ukraine (Kyiv) and Odessa National Opera.
The participation of Wroclaw National Opera (Poland) brings the 17th festival on the international level. Our Polish friends will represent the first Polish opera “Cracovians and Highlanders” by J. Stefani, which is staged in every Polish music theatre.