Astana Opera to present classic romances

ASTANA – Astana Opera fans have an excellent opportunity to time-travel to the 19th and 20th centuries, when great romances were created. Talented artists will perform the best samples of this soulful genre in the Chamber Hall of the capital’s opera house on Oct. 11.

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“We are happy to turn to romance once again. This concert will be held within the framework of the ‘Bel Canto Musical Salon’ series, where, along with the works of Russian composers, the works of Frederic Chopin, Franz Schubert, Manuel Ponce will be offered to the public,” said Astana Opera’s Musical Consultant and International Competitions Laureate Raushan Beskembirova.

Astana Opera is going to present the brilliant romances by Mikhail Glinka, who was a major influence on such greatest composers as Alexander Dargomyzhsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, whose works were included in Astana Opera’s programme and will be featured for the audience.

“The old romances will be presented and the premiere performance of the magnificent composition by Vladimir Bakaleinikov will take place. Astana Opera could not ignore such popular work as ‘Burn, My Star, Burn’ by Pyotr Bulakhov. Ramzat Balakishiyev will perform famous romances, Madina Islamova will present works by European composers,” Beskembirova said.

Also, the young creative generation of Astana Opera, Nazym Sagintai, Madina Islamova, Malika Minisini, Ramzat Balakishiyev, Shyngys Rasylkhan, Narul Toikenov and wonderful interpreters of the romance genre Yelena Ganzha and Aizada Kaponova, will present their art to the audience.

Mezzo-soprano Malika Minisini highlighted that she is very happy to be a part of Astana Opera’s team. She added every artist of the team does his or her best in the opera house.

“The wonderful atmosphere of the Chamber Hall is conducive to creativity, any meeting with the audience is a gift for us soloists, and we all look forward to this musical evening,” she said.

Yelena Ganzha added that a lot of surprises await the audience, in particular, heartfelt and at the same time passionate gypsy romances affecting the finest strings of the soul. Vocal numbers will alternate with instrumental music. A promising violinist Meirzhan Kenesbayev will present P. Tchaikovsky’s Waltz-Scherzo.

A harmonious combination of beautiful melodies with the inspired poems of the Silver Age of Russian Poetry will create the poetic atmosphere of the evening. The host of the concert will be musicologist Saule Mauletova. The concert begins at 7 p.m.