Astana Opera to present world opera classics concert

ASTANA – Astana Opera House will host “Astana Is My Beautiful Dream,” a Sept. 8 concert featuring the performance of prominent Kazakh opera singer and Astana Opera leading soloist Maira Mukhamedkyzy. The concert is devoted to the capital’s 20th anniversary.

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The audience will have the chance to enjoy a beautiful evening of folk songs and world classics, including duets, trios and scenes from operas and operettas by Fedore Barbieri, Isaak Dunaevsky, Emmerich Kalman, Franz Lehar, Jules Massenet, Giacomo Puccini, Dmitri Shostakovich, Giuseppe Verdi and Nazib Zhiganov.

Born into a family of musicians, Mukhamedkyzy has been singing for 20 years and critics describe her as an exemplary vocalist with a crystal voice. To date, she is the first and only Kazakh soloist to sign a contract with the Opéra National de Paris.

Mukhamedkyzy has toured Beijing, Budapest, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Moscow, St. Petersburg and Seoul with solo concerts. Her stage partners have included such renowned singers as Roberto Alagna, Marcelo Alvarez, Bulent Bazduz, Stephen Costello, Placido Domingo, Mirella Freni, Christina Gayardo-Domez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Sergei Leiferkus, Leo Nucci and Marius Vlad.

The concert will also feature performances by German tenor Rodrigo Porras Garulo, Turkish tenor Murat Karakhan and Astana Opera leading soloist and Armenian bass Barseg Tumanyan, as well as the Astana Opera symphony orchestra and choir.

Italian Francesco Ivan Ciampa will direct the concert and chief choirmaster Yerzhan Dautov, an Honoured Artist of Kazakhstan, will lead the choir.