A New Stage of Development of the Kazakhstani Culture
Cultural analysts stated a new stage in the development of Kazakhstani art. This is further proven by the fact that bright events of world importance took place in Astana, such as Placido Domingo’s Operalia, World Opera Competition, maestro Domingo’s participation in the production of G. Verdi’s La Traviata in the role of Giorgio Germont, the tour of the Teatro alla Scala with G. Verdi’s Falstaff and L. van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 together with the outstanding contemporary maestro Zubin Mehta. Also, the premiere of G. Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 was performed by 1,200 musicians under the leadership of Alan Buribayev.
A bright continuation in the series of Astana Opera’s brilliant achievements was a grand tour to Muscat, the capital of Oman. The foreign tour to the East represents a new page in the history of the Astana Opera. The tour geography of the Kazakhstani collective is very diverse: Italy, the USA, Canada, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Russia, China and many other countries. The opera house’s productions are incredibly high in demand in the world due to their high quality, new format, artistic level and best scenery. Opera and ballet productions meet all world standards.
The Royal Opera House Muscat regularly features world-famous theatre collectives on its stage; the Astana Opera Ballet Company was presented here for the first time.
The company has debuted in the East with world classical masterpiece – P. Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Swan Lake in the new choreographic version created by Altynai Asylmuratova. The ballet performed by the Kazakhstani artists became a sensation in the ballet world. The Astana Opera’s team went to Oman by the invitation of Royal Opera House Muscat, which took over all the expenses for the Kazakhstani tour. Thus, the opera house realizes the project“Modern Kazakh Culture in the Global World” under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan from the program “Rukhani Zhangyru”.
The objective was to demonstrate the capabilities of the unique ballet company of the Astana Opera, which became the pride of Kazakhstan in a short time. All three performances made a real sensation among the audience in Muscat. The soloists who starred on the Omani stage are Honored Workers of Kazakhstan, trained in Italy, France, Germany, many of them have contracts in Europe. They have wonderful training and a growing performing experience. For example, Madina Basbayeva is a guest soloist of the Opéra National de Bordeaux (France), Aigerim Beketayeva is the first international guest soloist of the St. Petersburg Eifman Ballet. Both of the principal dancers were immediately noticed by ballet critics, noting that the primas were the embodiment of the perfection of grace andexquisiteness. 80 Kazakhstani dancers demonstrated exceptional artistry and outstanding technical abilities.
Being the flagship of ballet art throughout the Eurasia, the Astana Opera expands the geography of its victories, capturing the hearts of even the most sophisticated audiences anywhere in the world. The Kazakhstani company shows not only its unique style based on skill and artistry, but also the high level of development of Kazakhstani culture as a whole.
On October 20, the Astana Opera will open its fifth anniversary season, which will feature a rich program for the audience. This includes the premiere of G. Bizet’s opera Carmen, and the tours of the opera and ballet companies. Among other things, the opera house will present a number of interesting concerts in the Chamber Hall.