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Opera Feast









The Opera Forum is a true feast. Some of the brightest and most spectacular productions of the Belarusian Bolshoi and other theatres will be performed on our stage; some of the best opera artists will appear in the leading roles. Believe us, this year will be no exception. Friends, we invite each of you to plunge into the world of beautiful music, dramatic plots and strong voices.

The 12th Minsk International Christmas Opera Forum will be special for the very reason that we are waiting for two theatres at once.

On 13 December, Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin staged by the Moscow Musical Theatre Helikon-Opera will open our forum. Eugene Onegin is the bestseller of the opera world. More than one generation has been brought up on this music. This is a kaleidoscope of human emotions captured in a brilliant musical work. This is a series of tender feelings, intertwining of destinies, bitterness of defeat and joy of love… In a word, it is everything that everyone has been going through since the dawn of humanity. The legendary Stanislavsky’s performance, staged in 1922 by his students in Leontievsky Lane, found a new lease of life on the new stage of the Helikon-Opera…

The principal conductor of the Helikon-Opera Valery Kirianov will conduct.





‘This music was dictated to me by God. I just wrote it down on paper and brought it to the audience...’ On 14 December, Giacomo Puccini's fairy-tale story about the cruel Princess Turandot (an opera of incredible strength and beauty) will take place on the stage of the Belarusian Bolshoi.

In fabulous times, Princess Turandot lived in China. But she was as beautiful as merciless: she announces that if a man solves her three riddles correctly, she will marry him; but if he fails to do so, he will be put to death. Over the years, many unlucky souls will lose their lives. But one day the brave man appears, who risked putting his life on the line and unraveling the mystery of Turandot's petrified heart…

The soloist of the Helikon-Opera Ivan Gyngazov will perform this difficult role of Calaf. The soloist with Belarusian roots made his debut on our stage exactly a year ago. He appeared in the title role in Samson et Dalila staged by Oksana Volkova.

A long-standing friend of our theatre – the Honoured Artist of Azerbaijan, principal conductor and musical director of the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre (Baku), guest conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre (St. Petersburg) Eyyub Guliyev will conduct.

The performance will feature the winner of international competitions Anastasia Malevich in the title role, the People's Artist of Belarus Anastasia Moskvina in the role of Liu, the People's Artist of Belarus Vasily Kovalchuk in the role of Timur.






On 15 December, the concert "Bolshoi Theatre: Moscow – Minsk. Young Voices" will feature young opera soloists from two theatres, who has already made a name. Ekaterina Morozova, Yulia Mazurova, artists of the Bolshoi Theatre Young Artists Opera Program Lilit Davtyan, Maxim Lisiin, Jasur Khaydarov will represent the Moscow Bolshoi.

Marta Danusevich, Anastasia Mikhnovets, Daria Gorozhanko, Dmitry Shabetya, Andrei Matyushonok, Andrey Selutin, Alexander Mikhniuk, Taras Prysiazhniuk, Vladislav Zozulko will represent the Belarusian Bolshoi.

The Honoured Artist of our republic Oksana Volkova will direct the concert.

The Honoured Art Worker of the Republic of Belarus Nikolai Koliadko will conduct.








What's a celebration without… a "Elisir"?! Especially "L'elisir d'amore". The premiere of the last season – a light, bright, cheerful Donizetti’s opera staged by Anna Motornaya will take place on 16 December. Aleh Lessoun will conduct.

Elena Zolova in the role of Adina, Alexander Mikhniuk in the role of Nemorino, Klavdiya Potemkina in the role of Giannetta, Dzianis Yantsevich in the role of Belcore will appear on the stage.

The soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre (St. Petersburg) Maharram Huseynov will perform the role of Dulcamara. The singer has already delighted the Belarusian audience last year, when he took part in the Christmas Opera Forum. He appeared in the recital of the world opera star Ekaterina Semenchuk and in the final gala concert.





On 17 December, we will see sparkling humor, enthusiasm and ingenuity of young artists, virtuosity of vocal and instrumental parts. The Astana Opera (Kazakhstan) will perform Rossini’s La scala di seta in Minsk. The plot of the opera will take the audience to the 18th century. Giulia will secretly marry her beloved Dorvil, who will get to his wife by a silk staircase, which she dropped from the window. Giulia's guardian Dormont, being unaware of the marriage, will try to marry her to Blansac, who is popular among women. What would happen…





Traditionally, the star-studded gala concert will close the music feast. On 18 December, the closing gala will feature singers, many of whom are known and loved by the Belarusian audience: Maharram Huseynov (Azerbaijan), Tigran Ohanyan (Armenia),  Saltanat Akhmetova (Kazakhstan), Ivan Gyngazov, Polina Shamaeva (Russia), Ramiz Usmanov (Uzbekistan).

Of course, we will hear the leading soloists of the Belarusian opera: Anastasia Moskvina, Vladimir Gromov, Oksana Volkova, Anastasia Malevich, Maria Galkina, Taras Prysiazhniuk.

Oksana Volkova will direct the concert. The Honoured Artist of Russia Anton Grishanin (Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow) will conduct.