Opera Europa to visit Ukraine
On the initiative of Kyiv National Academic Theatre of Operetta, and in conjunction with National Opera of Ukraine, the capital city of Kyiv will host the spring conference of Opera Europa between 18 and 20 May 2017.
Kyiv Opera was founded 150 years ago next summer. The current building dates from 1901 and, after renovations in 1935 and 1988, now accommodates 1,300 spectators. It became National Opera of Ukraine in 1992, and the company is led by Petro Chupryna.
Kyiv Operetta Theatre is in its 82nd season at its present building, which has recently been renovated and houses around 800 spectators. Its programme includes operetta and musicals, opera, ballet and concerts, and its director is Bogdan Strutinsky.
Both companies have large resident ensembles performing in a traditional repertoire system.
The conference invitation is supported by Kyiv City State Administration and by the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine. It offers an opportunity for Opera Europa to present an event in a previously unvisited land and to reach out beyond the capital to other theatres across a large country currently in need of European friends: Lviv in the west, also a member of Opera Europa; Odesa in the south; Kharkiv in the north-east; and Dnipropetrovsk to the south-east. Kyiv has 4 million inhabitants and two airports, including Boryspil International Airport which has direct flight connexions with Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Belgrade, Brussels, Bucharest, Frankfurt, Geneva, Istanbul, London, Milan, Minsk, Munich, New York, Paris, Riga, Rome, Stockholm, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw and Zürich. There is a choice of decent hotels within easy reach of the theatres. The conference theme will be Cultural diplomacy or Art which unites. Over three days, it offers members a unique chance to build a professional dialogue on common topics between Ukrainian and international representatives. A full programme will be published in the next newsletter, together with a choice of hotel accommodation, but please save the dates now.