Zhannat Baktay in Madama Butterfly

On 24 February, the part of Cio-Cio-san in Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini will be performed by the Honoured Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan Zhannat Baktay. The singer is already familiar to the audience of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus: she has sung the part of Liu in the opera Turandot by Giacomo Puccini and performed in the Gala concert of world opera stars at the Minsk International Christmas Opera Forum.

Zhannat Baktay is a graduate of Almaty State Conservatory majoring in solo singing and piano. She continued mastering her vocal skills during her assistentura-internship and other international internships. In 1998, Zhannat Baktay became the soloist of the Presidential Orchestra of the Republican Guard. The same year, the singer became a soloist of the Abay Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. Two years later she became a soloist of Baiseitova National Opera and Ballet Theatre that was opened in 2000.

In 2009, the singer was trained in Italy in Jesi. Then she had her internship at the Associazione Opera Italiana di Bologna and the ACCADEMIA Teatro alla Skala in Milan. She is a winner of many prestigious competitions.

In 2013, State Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Astana, Astana Opera,  was opened were Zhannat Baktay became a soloist. She brilliantly performs the lead roles in operas by Giuseppe Verdi: Violetta in La traviata and Gilda in Rigoletto, Desdemona in Othello and Odabella in the opera Attila. Her repertoire includes the parts of Rosina in the opera Il barbiere di Siviglia by Gioachino Rossini and Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the lead parts in operas The Tales of Hoffmann  by Jacques Offenbach, La boheme, Manon Lescaut  and Turandot by Giacomo Puccini.

The role of Cio-Cio-san in the opera Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini is one of the finest in her repertoire. She has taken part in several productions of this opera, one of which was with an Italian Director Lorenzo Amato where her partner on stage was Fabio Armiliato.

Zhannat Baktay has performed at the following theater houses: the Abay Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, Kazan Opera house, the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, Novaya Opera in Moscow, Saratov Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, and has also sung in the world famous concert halls as Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Theater in Washington, Carnegie Hall in new York, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, etc. She has cooperated with many famous conductors, such as Renat Salavatov, Fuat Mansurov, Rinkevičius . The innate exquisite artistry allows the singer to sing not only opera, but also chamber music repertoire.

The singer is the winner of “The Choice of the year award in Kazakhstan”, “Man of the Year 2003”, and was decorated with the Order of Kurmet (2005).