Astana Opera to show origins of world at gala-concert

Oct 17. Tengrinews

Astana Opera to show origins of world at gala-concertThe Birth of Theater show will be held on October 24, 2013 at Astana Opera, Tengrinews reports.

The theatrical show with digital video effects will transfer the audience to the beginning of the world and then back to the present days. The audience will see the masterpieces of the music theater reborn in a new format. Besides the world classics, the music that has never been performed in Kazakhstan before will play from the stage as part of the show.

“We show the theater being born and we witness this birth,” artistic director of the theater’s opera troupe Guzel Khaibulina said.

The program also includes performance of national compositions by Kazakh singers Medet Chotabayev, Zhannat Baktai, Aigul Niyazova, Alfia Karimova, Gulzat Daurbayeva, Dina Khamzina, Talgat Musabayev and Sundet Baigozhin.

Astana Opera ballet stars will also take part in the gala-concert. They are preparing a unique ballet show based on the brightest scenes from the renowned theater performances.

All the music during the concert will be played by the symphony orchestra directed by Honored Artist of Kazakhstan Absal Mukhitdinov.

Astana Opera is located at Sharaishik Str. at the crossing with Turan Av.

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Costumes and decorations for Attila opera brought to Astana from Italy

Oct 17. Tengrinews

The world premiere of Astana Opera theater will take four nights. The main premiere night is October 21 when Attila opera by Giuseppe Verdi will be performed.

Pier Luigi Pizzi, the world famous Italian maitre and holder of the Knight of the L?gion d’honneur (a French civilian honor), is the premiere’s producer as well as its set and costumes director, Tengrinews reports referring to the theater’s press-service. Pier Luigi Pizzi arrived in Astana on October 12. “Several months ago, I visited Kazakhstan on an invitation of the art director of Astana Opera house William Graziosi, I met with Director Tolegen Muhamedzhanov, who inspired me with his enthusiasm making me to love the new opera house. A couple days ago I saw the concert in the theater’s Chamber Hall. The Meditation part from Thais opera by Jules Massenet that was dedicated to me by the first violin of Astana Opera Bagdat Abilkhanov, touched me deeply, old memories of directing the opera in the La Fenice theatre in Venice rushed over me,” Pizzi said.

Pier Luigi Pizzi is working on staging and scenography of Verdi’s opera in the Astana opera house now. Most of the costumes and decorations are ready; they were brought to Kazakhstan from Italy.

“The Astana staging of Attila originates from the recent performance in Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, but it won’t be exactly the same. We had to extend the decorations in order to adapt them to the great space of the Kazakhstan’s scene. As for the costumes for the Huns, they will be completely new, with interesting ethnic components. The dominant colors are red, combined with black, gold and white,” the maitre said.

Only a few days are left before the country’s new theater premiere, and rehearsals are being held all the time. “Ildar Abdrazakov, the protagonist, is pleased to participate in the performance. I have created an image of a humane and mighty Attila, who is heroic and just at war, noble and passionate in love and humble before God. I have a great respect for all of the artists, especially I believe in the conductor Valeriy Gergiyev,” Pizzi said.

When asked if he would like to continue working with Astana Opera after the Attila performance, the maitre replied that his future was in the lap of Fortune and hoped it would bring him back again.