The Winter Promenade at the Odessa Opera Festival is one of the largest opera and ballet festivals in Ukraine, the purpose of which is to promote world classical and modern art and confirm the authority of our city as the cultural capital of southern Ukraine. Every day of the festival gives unforgettable impressions and gives the opportunity to immerse yourself in a special, unique atmosphere of high feelings and eternal themes.
For the second year in a row, the poster of the festival demonstrates the expansion of genre and style content, the search for new forms of stage embodiment of bright theatrical ideas.
To date, in the context of the pandemic II festival “Winter Promenade at the Odessa Opera – 2021” is the only music festival in Ukraine, held within the walls of the Opera House.
The festival will last for a month and will present six events. Three of them are already known to viewers. The two most famous premieres of the past years: the opera “La Traviata”, which won the Festival-Award GRA in the category “Best Musical Performance” and nominated for the Shevchenko Prize, the updated ballet “The Nutcracker” choreographed by People’s Artist of Ukraine Serhiy Bondur, and A. Khachaturian’s favorite ballet “Masquerade”, which is only in the repertoire of our theater.
There are also three premiere programs: “Choral Vernissage”, which will begin a series of choral concerts, the symphonic program “Romeo and Juliet”, dedicated to Valentine’s Day, and Bizet’s opera “Pearl Seekers” in concert performance.
N.M. Babich, artistic director of the festival, general director of the theater, honored worker of culture of Ukraine: “Our theater presents the festival” Winter Promenade “, which will be held for the second time at the Odessa Opera! We live in a time of challenges, so it is very important to understand that music, theater, art are the universal “medicines” that can harmonize the turbulent space in which humanity found itself during the pandemic. The festival that we were able to do now – that is our social mission – to draw attention to the importance of art! During the whole month, the Odessa Opera (working on the repertoire poster (!)) Will present 6 unique festival events, which, I am sure, will interest fans of theatrical art! ”
V.I. Chernukho – Volich, author and musical director of the festival, chief conductor of the theater: “When we planned this festival, the main idea was to make the life of Odessa at this time filled with interesting creative events. This idea prevails this season as well. At the festival, everyone can choose something special – here is a concert performance of Georges Bizet’s opera “Pearl Seekers”, and the symphonic program “Romeo and Juliet”, which combines works by various composers with the eternal theme of love, and a big concert of choral music, as well recent premiere opera and ballet performances. I would like to add that two festival events are dedicated: we dedicated the performance of the opera “Pearl Seekers” to the memory of the outstanding singer and legendary figure – GA Polivanova, and a series of choral concerts – the chief choirmaster of the Odessa Opera (1974-2018) capital letter LM Butenko. So, Odessa Opera invites! We hope that the demanding Odessa audience will appreciate our efforts. ”
V.Y. Regrut, chief choirmaster: “On February 6, as part of the festival” Winter Promenade at the Odessa Opera “, the choir of the Opera House will present Odessa and all fans of classical music a large concert program” Choral Vernissage. Classical heritage ». This event will open a series of concerts of our group under the general name “Choral Vernissage”, in which the opera choir will be presented as an independent concert unit. The main goal of the project is to show all the variety of choral music of different genres and epochs, from opera and cantata – oratorio to a cappella spiritual music of small forms! The program of the first concert “Classical Heritage” will feature “Coronation Mass” by V.-A. Mozart in 1 department and the best choral scenes from the world opera repertoire in 2 departments.
Planning the whole cycle of concerts within the project “Choral Vernissage”, work is already underway to prepare programs for the next at least three concerts, which will feature baroque music, works by popular contemporary composers J. Rutter, K. Jenkins and much more «
The entire creative team of the famous, world-famous choir of the Odessa Opera House is looking forward to meeting with the people of Odessa at the premiere concert on February 6 and hopes that this initiative will find a response in the hearts of true fans of classical music! ”
The opening of the festival will take place on January 30 with the opera “La Traviata” by G. Verdi – the premiere of the 210th season, which won the Festival-Award of the GRA in the category “Best Musical Performance”, and is the first non-dramatic performance in the history of theatrical award. Lesya Kurbas, who was awarded the prize. The play was nominated for the Shevchenko Prize and went to the third round.
Conductor – Vyacheslav Chernukho-Volich, director – Yevhen Lavrenchuk, production artist – Yukhim Ruach, choirmaster – Valery Regrut, light artist – Natalia Gara
January 31 – Ballet “The Nutcracker” by P. Tchaikovsky, the premiere took place on the eve of the New Year and Christmas holidays and became the decoration of our repertoire. All the shows that took place are sold out!
Conductor-producer – Vyacheslav Chernukho-Volich, choreographer-producer – People’s Artist of Ukraine Serhiy Bondur, set designer – Honored Artist of Ukraine Yevhen Gurenko, costume designer – Serhiy Vasyliyev
February 5 – A. Khachaturian’s ballet “Masquerade” – one of the favorite ballets of both performers and spectators. Ballet, which is in the repertoire of only the Odessa Opera.
Conductor-producer – Vitaliy Kovalchuk, choreographer-producer – Honored Artist of Ukraine Harry Sevoyan, set designer – Igor Anisenko, costume designer – Serhiy Vasyliyev, choirmaster-producer – Honored Artist of Ukraine Leonid Butenko, choirmaster – Ivan Gazinsky
February 6 – premiere of the concert “CHORAL VERNISAGE. Classical Heritage ”, which opens a series of choral concert programs.
In the program “Coronation Mass” by Mozart, the best choral scenes from operas by J. Verdi, J. Bizet, P. Mascagni with the participation of leading soloists of the theater.
Conductors – directors – Vyacheslav Chernukho-Volich, Valery Regrut, choirmaster – Valery Regrut, choirmasters – Yuri Kuchurivsky, Ivan Gazinsky, director – Pavlo Koshka, artist – director – Igor Anisenko, light artist – Svetlana Kaganovich
February 14 – concert “Romeo and Juliet. Eternal love story “” What wonderful music the voices of loved ones sound to us at dawn! ”
The program includes a suite from the ballet “Romeo and Juliet” by S. Prokofiev, fragments from the opera “Romeo and Juliet” by S. Gounod, an overture-fantasy “Romeo and Juliet” by PI Tchaikovsky with the participation of the orchestra and leading soloists of the theater.
Conductor – director – Vyacheslav Chernukho-Volich, director – director – Pavlo Koshka, artist – director – Igor Anisenko, light artist – Svetlana Kaganovich
The closing of the festival will take place on February 28 with the premiere of the opera “Pearl Seekers” by J. Bizet (concert performance). The opera will be performed on the stage of our theater for the first time.
Conductor – director – Vyacheslav Chernukho-Volich, conductor – Vitaliy Kovalchuk, director – director Pavlo Koshka, choirmaster – Valery Regrut, choirmasters – Yuriy Kuchurivsky, Ivan Gazinsky, artist – director – Igor Anisenko