Astana Opera presents music of love

ASTANA – Astana Opera, one of the most important cultural entities in the Kazakh capital, will join the city’s 20th anniversary celebration June 10 with remarkable young artists performing classical works about love.

Yelena Sakhno.

Yelena Sakhno. Photo credit: Astana Opera.

“At all times, love inspired authors to create masterpieces in all forms of art. Each composer devoted more than one work to this glorious feeling. Singing about love is a special thrill for the young soloists. This evening, we will try to convey to the audience all the richness of emotions, heartfelt warmth and depth of feelings expressed in music,” said pianist Yelena Sakhno in an interview with The Astana Times.

Astana Opera soloists and international competition laureates Ramzat Balakishiyev, Malika Minisini, Shyngys Rassylkhan, Nazym Sagintai and Yerzhan Saipov, as well as Sakhno who also acts as a pianist for the Madeniyet Kairatkeri group, will perform popular works on the tender feeling. The concert, When the Heart Sings with Love, will be performed in the opera house’s Chamber Hall.

Malika Minizini.

Malika Minizini.

Yerzhan Saipov.

Yerzhan Saipov.

The programme will feature Kazakh, Russian and Western European masterpieces. The concert will include everyone’s favourite songs and romances such as Kazakh folk song “Ahau Kerim,” “Iz travy ya vzletela” (I flew out of the grass) by Gaziza Zhubanova, “Karatorgai” (Akan Seri), “Aksisa” (Zhaiau Musa), “Torna a Surriento” (Ernesto de Curtis), “Chanson de L’Adieu” (Francesco  Tosti), “Mamma, son tanto felice” (Cesare Bixio), “Vergin, tutto amor” (Francesco  Durante), Russian folk song “Ah, Ty, Dushechka” (Oh, you, darling), “Somneniye” (Doubt) by Mikhail Glinka, “Sred’ Shumnogo Bala” (Amid the din of the ball) by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and “O, esli b mog vyrazit v zvuke” (Oh, if I could express it in the sound) by Leonid Malashkin.

Shyngys Rassylkhan.

Shyngys Rassylkhan.

Nazym Sagintai.

Nazym Sagintai.

Ramzat Balakishev.

Ramzat Balakishev.

The artists will present arias and duets from the world’s opera repertoire – Rosina’s, Berta’s and Basilio’s arias from “Il barbiere di Siviglia” by Gioacchino Rossini, Confusa Smarrita’a aria from Giovanni Pergolesi’s “Catone,” Irene’s aria from “Bajazet” by Antonio Vivaldi, Barcarola from Jacques Offenbach’s “Les contes d’Hoffmann,” Lensky’s arioso from Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” and Gryaznoy’s aria from Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Tsarskaya Nevesta” (The Tsar’s Bride).