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ANDREI GALANOV

DIRECTION MUSICALE

Andrei Galanov est diplômé de l’Académie nationale de musique biélorusse avec une maîtrise en direction d’orchestre symphonique et d’opéra (classe de professeur agrégé Anatoly Engelbrecht, 1995). Sa carrière de chef d’orchestre a commencé en 1993 au National Academic Bolshoï Opera and Ballet Theatre de la République de Biélorussie. En 1997, il devient chef d’orchestre de l’Orchestre Symphonique National d’État de la République de Biélorussie. Pendant les saisons de concerts de 1999 à 2003, il était chef principal du Rostov State Musical Theâtre (Russie) ; De 2004 à 2006, il a été chef principal du Théâtre Académique National d’Opéra et de Ballet du Bolchoï de la République de Biélorussie.
Durant son séjour au Théâtre, Andrei Galanov a mis en scène des opéras tels que Carmen de Georges Bizet, La Cambiale di matrimonio de Gioachino Rossini, Iolanta et La Dame de Pique de Piotr Tchaïkovski.
Son répertoire comprend plus de 20 opéras et productions de ballet, comme Rigoletto de Giuseppe Verdi, Madame Butterfly et Tosca de Giacomo Puccini, Iolanta et La Dame de pique de Tchaïkovski, Lady Macbeth du district de Mtsensk de Dmitri Chostakovitch, La Visite de la Dame de Sergey Kortes, L’Oiseau de feu et Le Sacre du Printemps d’Igor Stravinsky, Roméo et Juliette de Sergey Prokofiev...
Andrei Galanov collabore activement avec les orchestres biélorusses et étrangers, y compris les orchestres symphoniques de Russie à Belgorod, Oulianovsk et Rostov-sur-le-Don ; l’Orchestre de chambre de Provence (France), l’Orchestre du Teatro Marrucino (Italie), le New Tokyo Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (Japon), etc. Il a tourné en Belgique, Royaume-Uni, Allemagne, Irlande, Espagne, Italie, Norvège, France, Suisse, Hongrie, Lituanie, Japon, Thaïlande et Brésil. Au cours des 13 dernières années, le chef d’orchestre a participé à des festivals de musique en France et en Suisse.
Andrei Galanov enseigne également la direction d’orchestre à l’Académie de Musique de Biélorussie et au Conservatoire National Rachmaninov à Rostov en Russie.

 

Andrei Valentii

Bass


Honoured Artist of the Republic of Belarus (2016)
Recipient of the Fransysk Skaryna Medal (2013)

1992 – graduated from L.N. Revutsky musical college in Chernigov, Ukraine as a trumpet player. 2001 – graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint-Petersburg State Conservatory, vocal class by the Professor Georgy Seleznev; 2003 – completed post-graduate studies. Received vocal training from Vladimir Turets and Lubov Krizhanovskaya. In 2001 took master-classes with Vladimir Atlantov. 
Since 1997 performed at the State Opera Theatre of the Saint-Petersburg Conservatory. 
2005 – debut at the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia (Moscow) with the part of Mussorgski in the L.Desyatnikov opera “Rosenthal’s Children”. The soloist’s repertoire lists about 20 bass parts. 
Perfromed with such renowned conductors as A.Vedernikov, U. Temirkanov, V. Fedoseev, M. Rostropovich, V. Tchernushenko, U. Bashmet, M. Pletnev, and others. His concerts were held at the philharmonic halls of Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, at the State Kremlin Palace, at the “Rossiya” Concert Hall, etc. Toured in France, Germany, Great Britain, and Belgium. In 2002 performed at the Moscow International House of Music with the Russian romance program as part of a bass-trio with Boris Stokolov and Evgeny Nesterenko.
With the National Academic N.P. Osipov Orchestra of Folk Instruments recorded a solo CD “Popular Romances and Songs”. 
Since 2009 – soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre of the Republic of Belarus.


REPERTOIRE

Ramfis - "Aida"
Zaccaria - Nabucco"
Gremin -"Eugene Onegin"
Don Basilio -"Il Barbiere di Siviglia"
Sobakin -"The Tsar's Bride"
Timur - "Turandot"
Sarastro - "Die Zauberflöte"
Rene – Iolanta
Banquo – Macbeth
Colline – la Boheme
Le bonhomme Hiver – Snegourotchka
Dosifey - Khovanshchina
Prince Galitsky – Prince Igor

 

Irina Kuchynskaya

Soprano
 

Was born on November, 21st, 1982, Republic of Belarus, Minsk
Educational institutions:
•    Musical school of the name of Michael Glinka, speciality is a vocal (Belarus, Minsk), 2000-2003
•    The Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers (Russia, St.Petersburg) 2003-2007
•    Russian State Pedagogical University of the name of Gercen (St.Petersburg), music faculty, speciality is a vocal, magister degree, 2005-2011
Names of teachers, coaches:
•    Olga Lukjanenok (Musical school of the name of Michael Glinka)
•    GrayrKhanedanian (The Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers)
•    Professor Tatiana Smelkova (Russian State Pedagogical University of the name of Gercen)
•    Dorothea Galli (Zurich)
Training Programs
•    Elena Obraztsova's master classes,  2008, 2009
Awards received from competitions:
• IV prize - III All-Russian opened competition of vocal music of the name of GeorgiSviridov(2007, Russia-Kursk)
• I prize - I International competition of vocalists of the name of Boris Shtokolov(2008, Russia - St. Petersburg)
• I prize – X International competition of an ancient romance of the name of Izabella Jurjeva(2009, Estonia-Tallinn)
• Special prize for performance of the national song – XIII Glinka International Vocal Contest (2009, Russia-Moscow)
• III prize – II Republican creative radio competition “Young talents of Belarus” (2012, Belarus-Minsk)
Work experience:
•    2008, guest soloist in Mikhailovsky Theatre (St. Petersburg)
On May, 28th and on June, 11th 2008 Irina played  role of Adina in opera of Gaetano Donizetti  “L'elisird'amore”
On September, 20th 2008 played role of Prilepa in opera of Pyotr Tchaikovsky “The Queen of Spades”
•    2011-2014,soloist at the Belarusian State Academic Musical Theatre
Roles, performed at the Theatre:
• Countess Stasi - “Die Csárdásfürstin”,Kalman
• Adele - “Die Fledermaus”, Johann Strauss
• Juliette Vermont - “Der Graf von Luxemburg”, Lehar
• Miss Mabel Gibson - “Die Zirkusprinzessin”, Kalman
• Arsena - “Der Zigeunerbaron”, Johann Strauss
•    Since 2014 Irina  works at the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of Belarus
Roles, performed at the Theatre:
•    The first child-spirit –“Die Zauberflöte”, Mozart
•    Monkey Chichi - “Doctor Ouchithurts”, Marina Morozova
•    Pamina–“Die Zauberflöte”, Mozart
•    Susanna– “Le nozze di Figaro”, Mozart
•    Luigia–“Vivа la mamma”, Donizetti
•    Violetta– “Latraviata”, Verdi
Upcoming Performances:
•    Iolanta - ”Iolanta”, Tchaikovsky
•    Marfa -“The Tsar'sBride“, Rimskij-Korsakov
•    Micaela - “Carmen”,  Bizet
•    Musetta-”La bohème“, Puccini
•    Mimi - ”La bohème“, Puccini
•    Norina –  “Don Pasquale“, Donizetti
•    Soprano – “Carmina Burana”, Orff
•    In 2013, Irina toured with a concert program in Italy and Spain with State Academic Symphony Orchestra oftheRepublicof Belarus


Repertoire:
•    Handel – Samson - IsraelitishWoman
•    Orff – Carmina Burana– soprano
•    Mozart – Requiem - soprano
•    Mozart - Bastien und Bastienne -  Bastienne
•    Mozart - DieZauberflöte – Pamina
•    Mozart - Don Giovanni –Zerlina
•    Mozart – Cosi fan tutte - Despina
•    Mozart - Le nozze di Figaro – Susanna
•    Mozart –Idomeneo - Ilia
•    Donizetti -  L'elisird'amore – Adina
•    Donizetti - DonPasquale - Norina
•    Donizetti – Viva la mamma – Luigia
•    Verdi – Violetta – La Traviata
•    Bizet – Carmen – Micaela
•    Puccini - Labohème – Mimi, Musetta
•    Leoncavallo – Pagliacci - Nedda
•    Rimsky-Korsakov - The Snow Maiden - The Snow Maiden
•    Rimsky-Korsakov - The Tsar's Bride – Marfa
•    Rimsky-Korsakov – Servilia – Servilia
•    Tchaikovsky -  The Queen of Spades -  Prilepa
•    Tchaikovsky - Iolanta

 

Vladimir Gromov

Baritone

Honoured Artist of the Republic of Belarus

Vladimir Gromov is a graduate of the Belarusian State Academy of Music (class of the Honoured Artist of the Republic Belarus and Ukraine M. Zhiliuk) and master's degree programme at the Academy. Since 2000 he is a soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus.


REPERTOIRE
Amonasro             Aida
Rigoletto              Rigoletto
Count                 Le nozze di Figaro
Yamadori             Madama Butterfly
Shaunard, Marcello         La bohème
Ping                 Turandot
Marco                  Gianni Schicchi
Silvio                 Pagliacci
Morales             Carmen
Gaspar             Rita or a Piracy Triangle
Grayznoy             The Tsar's Bride
Salieri                 Mozart and Salieri
Onegin             Eugene Onegin
Tomsky             The Queen of Spades
Poprischin             The note of a madman
Prince Ivan-Korolevich     Kashchey the Immortal
Aleko in the eponymous opera
Mizgir             The Snow Maiden
Renato             Un ballo in masсhera
Macbeth in the eponymous opera
Scarpia             Tosca
Alfio                  Cavalleria rusticana
Beloretskiy             King Stakh’s Wild Hunt
Lead tenor                  Carmina Burana       
Figaro                 Il barbiere di Siviglia


CONCERT TOUR
As the member of the theatre company Gromov has toured in Germany, Thailand and Great Britain. With the orchestras of Belarus and Russia he performed in Germany, Spain, Iran, North Korea, Luxemburg, France, Poland, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. At the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society he took part in the first performance of the Great Mass in C minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart together with the orchestra and chorus of the Belarusian State Academy of Music; performed Stabat Mater by Gioachino Rossini with the State Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir of the Republic of Belarus.

Ilya Silchukov

baritone

Ilya Silchukov is an internationally sought-after performer whose compelling lyric baritone voice and dramatic interpretations have led him to the Europe’s most important operatic stages.
Born in Minsk, Ilya Silchukov studied music with Prof. Adam Mourzitch and Prof. Petr Riedeger at Belarus State Academy of Music before joining the Ensemble of Belarus State Opera Bolshoi in 2005.
Ilya Silchukov became a prizewinner of more then 15 international singing competitions, including Muslim Magomaev Competition in Moscow, H.G.Belvedere  Competition in Vienna, CLIP in Portofino and Elena Obraztsova GrandOpera Show at Russia Culture TV with audience more then 20 million.
In 2011 he took part in the prestigious Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival.
Ilya Silchukov enjoys a busy career at the most important opera houses across the Europe: recent performances include the title role in Eugene Onegin at Teatr Wielki Warsaw under Andrey Yurkevich, Valentine (Faust) in Israeli Opera Tel Aviv under Dani Ettinger, Michele (Il Tabarro) and Geliebte von gestern (Royal Palace) in Opera National de Montpellier under Rani Calderon, Giorgio Germont (La Traviata) in Landestheater Bregenz,Estonian National Opera Tallinn (under Eri Klas) Janackovo Divadlo Brno,Maria Biesu Festival Chishineu,Music Theater Kaunas and Opera Podlaska Bialystok, Duke (Miserly Knight) in Royal Opera La Monnaie Bruxelles under Mikhail Tatarnikov, Athanael (Thais) in Promfest Opera Festival under Erki Pehk in Tallinn and Parnu, Fiorello (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) in Teatro dell’Opera di Roma under Bruno Campanella, Miller (Luisa Miller) and Albert(Werther) in Teatro Lirico Verdi di Trieste under Myron Mikhailidis, Schaklowity (Khowanschina) in Frankfurt Oper under Lawrence Foster, Yeletzky (Queen of spades) and Silvio (Gli Pagliacci) in Minsk Opera Bolshoi.
2018-2019 season brings both new and signature repertoire: Ilya Silchukov will make his house debut in Opera de Touluse as Belcore (L’elisir d’amore). A favorite of audience in Minsk, he will make his role debut as Marcello in La bohème.
Ilya performs widely in concert under conductors such as Wladimir Fedoseev, Fabio Mastrangelo, Ivor Bolton, Hansjorg Albrecht and others. His concert repertory includes Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mahler’s Fahrende Geselle lied, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Faure’Requiem, Tchaikovsky’s Moskva and Rakhmaninov’s Vesna. Performances include Elena Obraztsova Ball at Moscow Opera Bolshoi, Grand Opera Tv show Gala in Moscow, Novosibirsk, Samara, Musikerlebnis Openair Fest in Munchen and Birgitta Festival in Tallinn.

 

Victor Mendelev

Tenor

With a powerful voice capable of sustaining the largest and most demanding of the tenor roles, Victor Medelev has proven his pure upward desire for excellence in his home country as well as outside it. Honored with several international awards for his outstanding talent, he keeps learning to be a master of his voice on the stage of The National Academic Grand Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus.
Third Prize of The I Fedor Shaliapin International Vocalists Contest (Ufa, 2016)
Second Prize at The 2d Minsk International Christmas Singing Competition (Minsk, 2015)
Second Prize at The 2d Stanislav Manjushko contest “Ubelskaya Lastauka” (Minsk, 2014)
Second Prize at the international competition “Romansiada” (Moscow, 2013)
First Prize in Academic Singing nomination at the VII Traditional Patriotic Song and Poem Festival-Contest “Radzima Maja Daragaja” (Belarus, 2012)


Alexander Gelakh

Tenor

Winner of international competitions
In 2015 Alexander Gelakh graduated from the Belarusian State Academy of Music (Singing, class of People's Artist of Belarus, laureate of the State Prize of the Republic of Belarus, Assistant Professor E. Pelageichenko) and joined the opera company of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus.

REPERTOIRE
Malcolm              Macbeth
Alfredo Germont     La traviata
Lykov                 The Tsar’s Bride
Triquet                Eugene Onegin
Vaudémont         Iolanta
Lead tenor          Carmina Burana      
Vanya                 Doctor Ouchithurts

Laureate of the 8th International Singing Competition in Tver, Russia
Laureate of the Stanisław Moniuszko Competition for Young singers “Ubel Swallow”, Belarus

 

Vladimir Petrov

Baritone

People's Artist of Belarus
Recipient of the Order of Francysk Skaryna
 

Vladimir Petrov is one of the most famous Belarusian singers of our time. He graduated from the Urals Mussorgsky State Conservatoire (class of Professor B.Vinogradov). He was a soloist of the Omsk State Music Theatre and Belarusian State Academic Musical Theatre. In 1993 Petrov joined the opera company of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus.
CONCERT TOUR
In 2005 in Tel Aviv Vladimir Petrov performed the role of Don Pizarro in Ludwig van Beethoven's Fidelio (conducted by Nir Kabaretti). He also appeared in such operas as La traviata (2013) and Aida (2014) in the National Opera and Ballet of Bulgaria; La bohème in Yekaterinburg (conducted Yevgeny Kolobov). Petrov took part in recordings of the Symphony №13 and Symphony №14 by Dmitri Shostakovich, song cycle Songs and Dances of Death by Modest Mussorgsky with the Sofia Symphony Orchestra and opera festivals in Germany. The singer has extensive concert repertoire, toured in Germany, Ireland, China, Poland, France, Switzerland, Thailand, The Netherlands and Great Britain.


REPERTOIRE
Amonasro - Aida
Don Giovanni  -Don Giovanni
Count di Luna -Il Trovatore
Rodrigo di Posa -Don Carlos
George Germont -La traviata
Macbeth -Macbeth
Nabucco –Nabucco
Renato - Un ballo in masсhera
Sharpless -Madama Butterfly
Gianni Schicchi -Gianni Schicchi
Marcello -La bohema
Figaro -Il barbiere di Seviglia
Silvio -I Pagliacci
Henry Ashton -Lucia di Lammermoor
Escamilio-Carmen
Eugene Onegin -Eugene Onegin
Prince  Yeletsky – The Queen of Spades
Robert  -Iolanthe
Rangoni  -Boris Godunov
Shaklovity  -Khovanschina
Griaznoy  -The Tsar's Bride
Aleko in the eponymous opera
Rigoletto - Rigoletto

 

NATALIA AKININA

Natalia Akinina graduated from the Minsk M. Glinka Music School in 1992 and Belarusian Academy of Music in 1996 (class of docent Nicolai Rogovich). After the graduation of the conservatoire she worked as a soloist of the music chapel “Sonorus” under the guidance of Andrei Shut.
Since 2005 she is a soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus.


REPERTOIRE
Olga – Eugene Onegin
Lyubasha – The Tsar’s Bride
Mary- Der fliegende Holländer
Marcellina – Le nozze di Figaro
Giovanna- Rigoletto
The Countess, Polina, the Governess -The Queen of Spades
Kashcheyevna – Kashchey the Immortal
Mercédès- Carmen
The Gypsy Woman-Aleko
Berta – Il barbiere di Seviglia
Azucena – Il trovatore
Marfa – Khovanschina
The Third Wife – Dark Blue Beard and His Wives
Lola, Lucia – Cavalleria Rusticana
The First Minister- Magic Music
The Frog – The Little Tower Chamber
Marta- Iolanta
Ulrica- Un ballo in maschera
The Spring Beauty -The Snow Maiden
Juno - Metamorphosis

 

ANASTASSIA  MOSKVINA

Soprano

People's Artist of the Republic of Belarus (2016)
Laureate of the State Prize of the Republic of Belarus (2017)

Anastassia Moskvina graduated from the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts and the Belarusian State Academy of Music (class of Professor Lyudmila Kolos). She is the laureate and the winner of the scholarship of the Special Fund of the President of the Republic of Belarus for the Support of Talented Youth.
In 2002 she joined the opera company of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus.
Anastassia Moskvina, a soprano, possesses a voice of rare beauty of tone and timbre. Her repertoire comprises the roles of Tatiana, Lisa and Iolanta in Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, The Queen of Spades and Iolanta, Mimi and Liù  in La bohème and Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, Micaela  in Carmen by Georges Bizet, Kupava  in The Snow Maiden by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Aida and Leonora in Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida and Il Trovatore, Nedda in Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo, Senta in Der fliegende Höllander by Richard Wagner, the Countess  in Le Nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Yaroslavna in Prince Igor by Alexander Borodin, Irina in The Grey Legend by Vladimir Soltan, and others.
Her performance of the soprano part in Mozart’s Requiem captivated the audience of Bangkok’s 8th International Festival of Dance and Music. Anastassia Moskvina also performed at the residence of the British Queen in Edinburgh.
In 2010, she made her first public appearance on the stage of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia in the part of Rosalinde in the premiere of the operetta of Johann Strauss Die Fledermaus ( director of the production Vasily Barkhatov), then she sang the part of Luba in the world premiere of The Cherry Orchard by Phillippe Fenelon.
Anastassia won the hearts of the audience of the main stage of Russia with her performance of Kupava in The Snow Maiden by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
In 2013, Moskvina successfully sang the part of Rhaetia in the first production of the romantic opera by Carl Weber Oberon over the past 150 years, which was held at the Pyotr Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow.
In 2013, she sang Aida in the eponymous opera by Giuseppe Verdi and Leonora in Il Trovatore by the same composer on the stage of Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.
In 2015, she sang the part of Princess Beloved Beauty in the opera Kashchey the Immortal by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov under the baton of Mikhail Pletnev at the grand opening of the 7th  Festival of the Russian National Orchestra at the Pyotr Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, and also during the tour of the Russian National Orchestra to Japan and across Russia.
In 2016,  Anastassia performed the title role in Iolanta by Pyotr Tchaikovsky at the closing of the 8th Festival of  the Russian National Orchestra under Mikhail Pletnev.
She has toured Thailand, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Scotland, Spain, the Netherlands, Britain, Japan and other countries.