Shakespearean debut to be made at Astana Opera

A debut will take place at the Astana Opera in Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet staged by the French choreographer Charles Jude. Talented ballet dancer Olzhas Makhanbetaliyev will perform the part of Tybalt for the first time on February 13 and 14 at the opera house’s Great Hall.

Егемен Қазақстан
13.02.2019 7464

In S. Prokofiev’s popular ballet, Olzhas Makhanbetaliyev is preparing to perform an impressive character role of Tybalt – a fierce troublemaker and unrelenting guardian of the Capulet family honor. The composer created particularly expressive musical images of the characters in the score, including the figure of the somber, ruthless Tybalt. One of the most memorable moments in the ballet is the scene of the deadly battle between Tybalt and Mercutio. In order to convey the hero’s personality in the language of ballet, it is important for the dancer to use correct plastique of the body frame, broad, amplitude movements, to show his character’s stateliness and nobility in every gesture, every turn of the head.

“Tybalt is the heir to a noble family, from an early age he was taught to protect his loved ones, to be the head of the family. He strives to be always in control of himself, to comport himself in accordance with his position and upbringing. However, he can be overly arrogant and cold. When the situation gets out of his control, because of his naturally hot-blooded personality and quick temper, Tybalt flies off the handle and simply ‘explodes’. Thus, he often gets into duels. Incidentally, the fight scenes are choreographically complex; each movement must be very precise. A technique of small movements is often used in Charles Jude’s production. This is a characteristic feature of the European school of ballet, which is very different from ours,” Olzhas Makhanbetaliyev noted.

Honored Worker of Kazakhstan Madina Basbayeva will perform the part of young Juliet; Honored Worker of Kazakhstan Tair Gatauov will portray her beloved Romeo. Mercutio – Serik Nakyspekov, Paris – Yerkin Rakhmatullayev, Benvolio – Nikolay Korshunov. The Artistic Director of the Astana Opera Ballet Company is the world-famous prima, People’s Artist of Russia Altynai Asylmuratova.

Music Director of the production Maestro Giuseppe Aquaviva will conduct the Astana Opera Symphony Orchestra. Libretto by Charles Jude based on the tragedy of the same name by William Shakespeare. Set Designer is an outstanding theatre designer Ezio Frigerio, Costume Designer is the Academy Award winner Franca Squarciapino, Lighting Designer is Vinicio Cheli, Projections Designer is Sergio Metalli.



Nursultan Nazarbayev signs a decree on awarding highest military and special ranks


New Prosecutor General of Kazakhstan appointed


President of Kazakhstan makes personnel changes


Jakob Fuglsang and Ion Izagirre take stage wins in Tirreno-Adriatico and Paris-Nice


The Head of State signs a number of laws


Samal Yesslyamova wins the Asian Film Awards Academy prize


Exhibition of ancient and medieval Kazakh art opened in Tatarstan


Askar Mamin instructs to adopt Comprehensive Development and Construction Plan for Shymkent


Askar Mamin visits Shymkent for a working trip


Prime Minister Askar Mamin holds a meeting on development of Turkestan city


Askar Mamin instructs to intensify work on construction of Turkestan city


Askar Mamin arrives in Turkestan region for a working trip


Agreement between automakers of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan signed in Tashkent


Astana Opera to celebrate holiday of spring renewal


Central Asian Economic Forum held in Tashkent


Luis Leon Sanchez keeps current GC podium after ITT


Soyuz MS-12 manned spacecraft reaches orbit


Contemporary Kazakh culture presented at London Book Fair


Government working group headed by Gulshara Abdykalikova visits Aktobe region


Ministry of Agriculture on bread prices: There are no alarm signals about a sharp increase in costs


Aliya Ashim, Journalist

Brazil’s version of Trump: why is it a «wake-up call» for the world?

<p style="text-align: justify;">A racist, a homophobe, a misogynist, a pro-torturer. Because of the profane outbursts and verbal abuse, he has earned such an image and was even considered as a political clown. Once he insulted lawmaker claiming that she was too ugly to be worth of raping. What is more, he said that he’d rather have a dead son than a gay one. Therefore, analysts concluded that Brazil has elected the most extremist president among democratic countries. So why did Brazil decide to make «really radical shift»? How did such an «extreme» and «unpleasant» figure become a president?<br /> </p>

Jylkybay Jagyparuly,

Mechanical engineering is a potential pillar of the economy

In industrialized countries, one of the most important indicators of the economy is the level of development of the machine-building industry. Independent Kazakhstan, striving to achieve ambitious goals, is making great efforts to develop machine building in the process of diversifying its economy.

Alisultan Kulanbay,

June 4 - Day of State Symbols of Kazakhstan

State symbols - the State Flag, State Anthem and State Emblem demonstrate to the world the independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan, also continuity between the past, the present and the future of the state.

Ainash ESALI,

Is it all good that they advertise?

Advertising is the driving force of production and business. This is an indisputable fact.

Nazira RAKHMANKYZY, Film critic

Splash of commercial films in Kazakhstan

Last year, the number of feature films which filmed reached thirty-six in Kazakhstan. We should say that it is an unprecedented figure in the history of Kazakh cinema in the last quarter century.