Galym Akhmedyarov: Kazakh Culture Is on the Rise Right Now

On January 28, a briefing on the theme: “The results of the year 2018 of the Astana Opera and the implementation of the Address of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev” was held at the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan with participation of Honored Worker of Kazakhstan, General Director of the Astana Opera Galym Akhmedyarov.

The speaker noted the importance of the program “Rukhani Zhangyru”, which made it possible to present national art in many world countries.

“Kazakh artists already have their own fans abroad, they take autographs, recognize them on the streets. Thanks to the art of our performers, foreigners are discovering Kazakhstan, wishing to come to the country where such talents are born,” Honored Worker of Kazakhstan Galym Ahmedyarov said.

In his speech, the General Director of the Astana Opera noted that the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev set the task for cultural workers to turn folklore into large musical canvases, which should become the heritage of not only Kazakhstan, but also the entire international community. In this vein, the General Director of the Astana Opera sees the opportunity to show in musical works famous Kazakh heroes, such as Yer Targyn, Kobylandy, Alpamys, Yedige and many others.

“I am sure that the spiritual culture of the Kazakhs will be considered as a unique part of human civilization by the middle of the third millennium. After all, as the Leader of the Nation said, the folklore and melodies of the Great Steppe are to acquire fresh impetus in a modern digital format. To work on these projects, it is important to engage domestic and foreign professionals who can systematize, and also bring to foreground the rich heritage of the Steppe,” he concluded.

Due to the fact that the year 2019 was declared the Year of Youth, the Astana Opera has cultivated a number of projects aimed at developing and supporting young talents. One of them will be Rossini’s opera La Scala di Seta featuring performances by young artists, the premiere of which is scheduled for April 6 and 7. In the same month, the opera house will present a new staging version of Puccini’s La Bohème – opera about the young and for the young. The opera house’s plans include the production of Sydyk Mukhamedzhanov’s opera Aisulu. In addition, concerts with participation of talented young musicians studying in art universities abroad are held at the opera house.

Today, the Astana Opera’s billboard, in addition to the national repertoire, features classical operas and ballets, concerts of symphonic and chamber music. The opera house’s closest premiere is Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin. It will take place on February 8 and 9. The premiere of Adolphe Adam’s ballet Giselle will premiere in June, and organizational matters of a production of Tles Kazhgaliyev’s ballet The Steppe Legend are being worked out.

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