Teatre • 08 December, 2018

The Astana Opera Was Awarded the State Prize of Kazakhstan

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On December 7, a Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan was issued on awarding the 2018 State Prize of the Republic of Kazakhstan in literature and art to a group of authors: Toleubek Alpiyev, Alan Buribayev, Sundet Baigozhin, members of the creative team of the Non-Commercial Joint-Stock Company “State Opera and Ballet Theatre “Astana Opera” for the opera Abai (L. Khamidi, A. Zhubanov).

The Astana Opera’s creative team receives such a high award for the first time. It is important to note that music critics have repeatedly spoken about the monumentality, multifacetedness and large scale of this stage production. It represents a new stage in the opera art of Kazakhstan. The production was created in accordance with the modern understanding of history by the people of Independent Kazakhstan.

This year, the Astana Opera Company has presented the opera Abai in the Kazakh language in Italy for the first time. Performances were held with great success at the famous Genoese Teatro Carlo Felice within the framework of the program “Rukhani Zhangyru” with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

National art masterpiece, the opera Abai, combines incredible musical material, impeccable choreography, rich traditions of the Kazakh people, European stage directing and, certainly, magnificent performances by Kazakh artists (Sundet Baigozhin is rightly considered to be the best performer of the role of Abai). Outstanding maestro Alan Buribayev – a great-grandson of Akhmet Zhubanov – masterfully conveys all the nuances and colors of the musical material. The symphony orchestra and chorus under his baton always sound powerful, sophisticated, brilliant and striking.

In January 2018, A. Zhubanov, L. Khamidi’s opera Abai was presented at the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Abai. Among the numerous listeners in the auditorium was the daughter of the composer, Doctor of Biological Sciences Azhar Zhubanova, who shared vivid impressions of the performance. “I follow all the premieres of this opera and I must say that this particular production corresponds with the original intention of the composers and the librettist to the fullest extent.”

Prominent cultural, political and public figures gave a high assessment to the production of Abai. Among them – Alibek Dnishev, Asanali Ashimov, Yesmukhan Obayev and many others. “I was very impressed with the new edition of the opera, magnificent sets and costumes. The finale of the opera Abai makes us proud of our country, our history, our literature, our people,” famous Kazakh opera singer Alibek Dnishev said.

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