Eugene Onegin Starring Mykailo Malafii and Arkady Berin

On 22 October the role of Lensky in a performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin will be performed by Mykhailo Malafii (Ukraine). The performance will be conducted by maestro Arkady Berin (Germany)

 Mykhailo Malafii graduated from the Mykola Lysenko Lviv National Music Academy (class of the Honoured Art Worker of Ukraine, Professor Oleg Tsyhylyk) into the opera company of the Solomiya Krushelnytska Lviv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.

 In April 2016, Mykhailo Malafii performed the role of Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi. The young tenor won the Belarusian audience immediately, demonstrating his acting skills, emotional and expressive timbre, temperament and dramatic stage look. Mykhailo Malafii’s debut with the Belarusian Bolshoi was a tremendous success.

 The performance featuring Mykhailo Malafii will be conducted by Arkady Berin. For over 20 years Arkady Berin has toured throughout the world and performed with the best European orchestras, thus promoting Russian and Belarusian music culture. His life and artistic biography and Belarus and are inseparably linked.

 Since 1968, he was a teacher at the Belarusian State Conservatory, later being promoted to chair of the department of orchestral, operatic and symphonic conducting. Arkady Berin formed and headed the brass band of the Belarusian Academy of Music which in 1998 won grand prize at an international competition in Luxemburg as the best young orchestra of the world. The maestro also founded the orchestra Nemiga, the first state brass band in Belarus, which he headed for four years. In 2003, Berin was appointed artistic director and principal conductor of the International Symphony Orchestra of Germany. Since the 2009/2010 season, he has conducted the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. From 2003 to 2009, he organized and presided over the Yuri Bashmet Festival in Germany. Maestro Berin is the organizer of the Festival of Russian Symphony and Chamber Music, artistic director of the charity Princely Ball, initiator of the project “Children’s Philharmonic of Europe”. Since the end of the 1990s, he has often performed with numerous European symphony ensembles as a touring conductor in Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, England, Hungary, Belgium, France, Turkey, Austria, Luxemburg, Lichtenstein, Israel, Russia, etc.

 The 22 October performance of Eugene Onegin will also feature Ilya Silchukov as Onegin, Anastasia Moskvina as Tatyana, Oksana Volkova as Olga, Vasily Kovalchuk as Prince Gremin, Natalia Akinina as Larina.