Astana Opera House presents ‘Peter and the Wolf’, a fascinating fairy tale in Kazakh language

Peter and the Wolf’, a famous fairy tale composed by outstanding Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev tale in Kazakh language will be staged at the Astana Opera House from January 7 to January 9, 2014.

‘Peter and the Wolf’ tale is spoken by a narrator and accompanied by the symphony orchestra. It is so called a ‘Guide to the Orchestra’. The exciting fairy tale is introducing children to classical music. It is one of the most performed musical works in the world.


Sergei Prokofiev recalled: ‘I started to work with my own text of the symphonic tale for children ‘Peter and the Wolf’ in the spring of 1936. The idea of this work is that each character in the story has its own instrument and a musical theme. For example, ‘The Duck’ plays the hoboy, an old man plays the fagot and etc. The children learn to recognize the sound of the instruments. This is pedagogical idea of the tale. A story is not so important for me as the music. The children listen to the music and learn a lot of things’.

The novelty of this project lies in the fact that a fairy tale was translated into the Kazakh language. The author of the translation is Zholaman Tursynbayev. Pupils have a unique opportunity to listen to the symphonic tale in two languages: Russian and Kazakh.

The symphonic fairy tale is accompanied by the Astana Opera House Orchestra and is narrated by Tolegen Nazarbekov, Saule Mauletova, Marzhan Zhakenova. Ruslan Baimurzin and Rakhimzhan Baspayev will be conducting the performance.

The music expert Marzhan Zhakenova commented that such works as this symphonic tale are necessary to inculcate in children a love for classical music, because it is a true masterpiece of musical art and is available for the child’s perception.

Ticket costs 500 tenge.

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