XVII Solomiya Krushelnutska International Opera Festival welcomes

   Solomiya Krushelnutska International Opera Festival was founded in 1988 on the initiative of Ihor Latsanych, People’s Artist of Ukraine, chief conductor of Lviv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Solomiya Krushelnytska.

During its thirty-year history, the festival, which is one of the oldest opera festivals in Ukraine, has always been held in the theatre, presenting the world and Ukrainian opera classics to the audience; well-known foreign and Ukrainian guest conductors and actors have constantly participated in the festival.

Traditionally, the festival will be opened with opera “Madama Butterfly” by Giacomo Puccini, produced by Lviv National Opera.  After the unsuccessful premiere at the La Scala Theatre in Milan, the new production of the opera with Solomiya Krushelnytska in the main part began its triumphal ascent of Madame Butterfly on music Olympus. And today, this opera is one of the most frequently staged operas in the world. Melba Ramos, the soloist of Vienna Volksoper, will perform the part of Chio Chio San. The opera will be conducted by Vasyl Vasilenko (Kyiv), People’s Artist of Ukraine, Shevchenko National Prize laureate.

This year, during the 17th Solomiya Krushelnutska International Opera Festival, the National Opera of Ukraine, Odesa National Opera, Wroclaw Opera (Poland) will present their performances, which have recently been premiered.

The festival invites participants from different countries: Austria, Moldova, Poland, and Romania.  Works of contemporary composers from Bulgaria and Japan will also be presented.

Odesa National Opera will present “Nabucco” by Giuseppe Verdi twice produced byAlexandru Samoilă, the chief conductor of Odesa theatre, People’s Artist of the Republic of Moldova and Vasyl Vovkun, People’s Artist of Ukraine.

The National Opera of Ukraine (Kyiv) will present “Don Carlos” by Giuseppe Verdi. The opera will be conducted by Mykola Diadiura, People’s Artist of Ukraine a chief conductor of the National Opera of Ukraine.

Wroclaw Opera (Poland) will present “Cracovians and Highlanders” by Jan Stefani (libretto byWojciech Boguslawski). The opera was successfully premiered last year.  Set design was created by young Ukrainian artist Vasyl Savchenko.

Art projects presented in the Mirror Hall of the theatre are the highlight of the festival.  You will see chamber opera, intellectual platforms and master classes.

The specialty of the festival is the popularization of chamber opera. We will have both: the premiere of the first Italian opera-buffa “Serva Padrona” by G. Pergolesi, produced by Lviv National Opera, and a presentation of chamber operas of contemporary Ukrainian (Yu. Homelska, K. Tsepkolenko) and foreign (R. Narimoto (Japan), Ts. Dimitrova (Bulgaria) composers, performed by Austrian bass-baritone Rupert Bergman and the ensemble of contemporary music SENZA SFORZANDO.  The National Ensemble of soloists “Kyivska kamerata” under the baton of Valerii Matiukhin, People’s Artist of Ukraine, will present “Opera Rustica” by Yevhen Stankovych for soprano, baritone and chamber orchestra.

The mysterious drama “SALOMEA” based on the poetry of by Natalia Davydovska is dedicated to outstanding Solomiya Krushelnytska (director – Halyna Volovetska, Honored Worker of Arts of Ukraine).

Among the interactive events and master classes you can visit Culture Platform

“Classics or Modern? Opera from different viewpoints” – Master class of Viktoriia Ratsiuk, conductor and director (Kharkiv).

During the festival in the theater, the exclusive exhibition OPERA ART will feature theatrical costumes, mock-ups and elements of scenery from the staging of the Lviv opera known artists-scenographers Yevhen Lisik, Tadeeva and Mikhail Rindzakov, costume designer Oksana Zinchenko.

 In Opera Gala world and Ukrainian opera stars participate: Melbu Ramos (Austria), Zoriana Kushpler (Austria), Stefan Popa (Romania-Italy), Vitalii Bilyi (Ukraine-USA), Tatiana Busuioc (Moldova), Serhii Mahera and others under the baton Mykhailo Dutchak, People’s Artist of Ukraine, and Andrii Yurkevych, guest conductor of Vienna State Opera, Rome Opera House, Bavarian State Opera, San Francisco Opera, Zurich Opera.

The XVII Solomiia Krushelnutska International Opera Festival is  a prelude to the future European International Opera Festival.

The festival will be supported by the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation and Lviv Regional State Administration.

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