Astana Opera announces new series of concerts at chamber hall in Nur-Sultan

NUR-SULTAN – Local musicians will present famous and rarely performed works by Kazakh, foreign and contemporary classical composers this August at the chamber hall of the Astana Opera House in the capital.

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Pianist Assel Abilseitova will present a “Sounding Images” concert Aug. 21, reported the theatre’s press service.

Abilseitova is a graduate of London’s Royal Academy of Music who performs in Kazakhstan and Europe as a soloist and a chamber ensemble musician.

The concert programme includes classical music works by Tles Kazhgaliyev, Claude Debussy, Isaac Albéniz, Alberto Ginastera, and young Kazakh composers Aizhana Nurkenova and Aigerim Seilova, who have received international recognition.

Soprano Galiya Baigazinova will stage a musical evening titled “Song Is a Woman’s World” Aug. 25. International competition winners, including tenor Almat Izbambetov, sopranos Assem Kiykpayeva and Nazym Nurgaziyeva from the Saryarka folk music ensemble will take part in the concert.

“A woman is one of the main characters in global arts. Great painters, poets and composers of all times dedicated their works to women. The folk ensemble and soloists perform popular Kazakh folk songs and vocal masterpieces written by Shamshi Kaldayakov, Mynzhassar Mangitayev, Ilya Zhakanov, Nurgisa Tlendiyev, Yerkegali Rakhmadiyev, Yeskendir Khassangaliyev, Tolegen Mukhamejanov and many others,” reads the release.

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Astana Opera orchestra musicians and international competition winner Almas Baigozhin,  will present “A Gallant Double Bass Was Singing” concert Aug. 28. As a low instrument, double pass has a solo part.

The programme features “String Quartet in D Minor,” a composition created by Kazakh composer Gaziza Zhubanova and works by Giovanni Bottesini, Frank Proto, Ruggero Leoncavallo and Manuel Ponce.

Karaganda Academic Theatre of Musical Comedy will stage performances at the main hall Aug. 17 and 24 as part of its tour.

The seventh theatrical season will start with Mukan Tulebayev’s opera “Birzhan – Sara” Sept. 5. The premieres of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Don Carlos” is scheduled Oct. 11 and 13 and Léo Delibes’ ballet “Coppélia” Nov. 22 and 23.

The company will present Gioachino Rossini’s opera “La Scala di Seta” in Saint Petersburg Oct. 20.

This year, the Astana Opera House premiered seven plays including Gioachino Rossini’s opera “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” Michel Fokine’s one-act ballets “Chopiniana” and “Scheherazade,” Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s opera “Eugene Onegin,” Gioachino Rossini’s opera “La Scala di Seta,” Giacomo Puccini’s opera “La Bohème” and ‎Adolphe Adam’s ballet “Giselle.”

The theatre’s company staged performances in Italy, Spain, Russia, Uzbekistan and the cities of Kazakhstan as part of the Rukhani Zhangyru programme.