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PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN
July 13, 2016
A FESTIVE CONCERT FINALIZED THE 86TH THEATRICAL SEASON AT THE ALISHER NAVOI STATE ACADEMIC GRAND THEATER
The team of the theater seemed as if it reserved the energy to constantly surprise and delight the audience in its own building. The long-awaited reopening of the Grand Theater was followed by a series of major premieres – Rustam Abdullayev’s Sadokat opera about the fate of Zulfiya and Hamid Alimjan, Ulugbek Musaev’s Tomiris ballet, the New Year Megabyte Tale in the Grand Theater by the director Georgy Dmitriev, which found so much love from the audience that it was decided to include it in the repertoire. For children and youth audience, Aladdin’s Magic Lamp, an opera-fairytale by Varelas Council was staged. This is what we have already informed our readers. Novelties included the revival of the opera Aleko by Sergei Rachmaninoff and ballets A Thousand and One Nights by Fikret Amirov and Giselle by Adolphe Adam.

The renovated theater has a revived music lounge. At the end of the last century it was created on the initiative of the current chief director, Firudin Safarov. The Music Room is supported in the format of theater performances, mostly one-act operas and mini-concerts conducted on the second floor of the theater hall. Chairs for the audience are placed on the site, while the orchestra gets location in the side balconies.

The format of the hall caused great interest among the audience, and the theater management tried to preserve the new type of activity. But it required the availability of masters, and at the time the big stage needed professionals. As a result, the music lounge ceased to exist for the time being. It has been decided to resume the project once the theater obtains new look after reconstruction. From now on, the performances and concerts will be played once a month during the daytime.

The first event took place in late May. The show named Viva Verdi, lasting 50 minutes, was the introduction and tour of the works of Giuseppe Verdi. The author and director of the concert was the Honored Worker of Culture of Uzbekistan Andrei Slonim. All the solo artists of the theater were engaged in the staged opera. Later, in the music room, they plan to organize romance evenings and those of retro songs, chamber music performances and one-act operas. Restored have been also the classes in acting skills, on stage movement for opera troupe, for the performers to show not only vocal skills, but also diverse talents.

At the final concert, marking the closure of the season, viewers were presented not only with the best performances in opera ana ballet, but also unique productions that the audience sees for the first time. The concert opened with a festive overture under the direction of chief conductor Fazliddin Yakubjanov and completed the final scene from the opera Aida that the company plans to recover as soon as in the next theater season.

Among the presented was also a modern choreography production Without You of the choreographer Daniel Salimbaev, invited from the Chuvash State Opera and Ballet Theater to conduct master classes in the Uzbek Grand Theater. It was attended by the leading soloist Nadira Khamraeva and Ulugbek Olimov. According to Uzbekistan Today correspondents, the production was rather unusual and interesting. Worth mentioning is a medley of Italian arias performed by the People\'s Artist Ramiz Usmanov. In snort, the concert as the final accord became a successful completion of the etude titled \"The 86th theater season\".

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


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