On April 6th, 2018 at 7 pm the A. Kasteyev State Museum of Arts invites you to Petersburg Opera, a Musical Vernissage. Winners of national and international competitions and star solists of the Abay Kazakh Opera Theatre Anastasia Kozhukharova, Baluan Berkenov and Elena Nikonova will perform arias from The Queen of Spades (Tchaikovsky), The Tsar’s Bride, The Snow Maiden, Sadko (Rimsky-Korsakov), Ivan Susanin (Glinka), Prince Igor (Borodin) and others. They will be accompanied by Asel Davletyarova. The concert will take place in St. Petersburg artists Konstantin and Ekaterina Grachev’s exhibition hall.
The Russian Opera School, along with the Italian, German, and French Schools, has global significance. Opera came to Russia in the 18th Century from Europe, and at first primarily Italian operas were performed in the imperial court. However, by the middle of the 18th Century the first Russian operas were being written. In the 19th Century the genre gained popularity in Russia, since opera was a new way to shed light on important ideological, historical and psychological issues of the time. The first strictly operatic Russian composer was Mikhail Glinka, who wrote Ivan Susanin and A Life for the Tsar. Glinka’s compositions were extremely influential for other great Russian composers Dargomyzhsky, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, Tchaikovsky and others. In the words of Vladimir Stasov, «Pushkin and Glinka created a new Russian language –– one for poetry and the other for music.»
Soprano Anastasia Kozhukhanova graduated with high honors from the Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory and received a Leader of the Nation grant from the First President Foundation in 2013. She took part in a Gala Concert at the former residence of the Emperors of Austro-Hungary, Schönbrunn (Vienna) with the Mahler Philharmonic with Conductor Simon Rigaudeau (France) in July 2014. She has won and placed in international competitions in Bulgaria, Romania, Kazakhstan, Korea, Japan and Italy. In March 2018 Kozhukhanova was invited by Director Ricardo Kazero to perform the role of Micaëla in Carmen (Bizet) in Sargosa, Spain with the Reino de Aragon in Auditorium Zaragoza (Mozart Hall).
Baluan Berkenov, a rare, dramatic and lyrical tenor has a wide range, beautiful timbre and strong technical skills. Since 2016 Baluan has been a soloist at the Abay Theatre of Opera and Ballet. At 24 he had already performed the complex dramatic role of Birzhan in M. Tulebaev’s Birzhan and Sara. Bauzhan has more than 15 parts from Russian, Western European and Kazakh operas in his repertoire including Birzhan from Birzhan and Sara (Tulebaev), Triquet from Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky), Pinkerton from Madame Butterfly (Puccini), Gabriel von Eisenstein from the Operetta Die Fledermaus (Strauss) and many others. He has won prizes in various national and international competitions.
Mezzo-Soprano Elena Nikonova is a soloist from the Abay State Theatre of Opera and Ballet. She graduated from the Kazakh National Conservatory in the same class as People’s Actress of the Republic of Kazakhstan Rakhima Zhubaturovaya, and she completed an apprenticeship in the class of professor Saule Kurmangalieva. She was a prizewinner in the Kazakh Romansiad Grand Prix Festival of Italian Songs. She also won second place in the Spirit of the Mountains Festival in Poland and performed several concerts in Poland and one in Germany (Görlitz). Last Summer she took part in two concerts in Italy for the Musicarivafestival.
Asel Davletyarova is one of the leading accompanists at the Abay State Theatre of Opera and Ballet. She has more than 20 operas in her repertoire and a huge array of chamber music. She has performed in private concerts in Kazakhstan and abroad. Last Fall, on invitation from Turksoy she was the main accompanist for opera singers in a master class by the world famous opera singer Fiorenza Cedolins. Her playing is both expressive and technically advanced.
Event Host - Clara Isabaeva, Head of Press Office, A. Kasteyev State Museum of Arts
Telephone: 394-57-18, 8-775-371-48-20, 8-747-181-5126.
Ticket Price: 2500 tenge. Ticket includes museum entry from 5 to 6 pm, right refreshments at 6:30 pm and entry to Petersburg Opera at 7 pm.
Clara Isabaeva - curator