Polish soprano shines in Baku [PHOTO/VIDEO]

Opera singer


September 26, 2021 4:11 PM (UTC + 04: 00)


By Laman Ismayilova

The Polish soprano captivated audiences at the 13th Uzeyir Hajibayli International Music Festival.

The opera singer was accompanied by the State Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Polish conductor Pavel Kotl.

Iwona Sobotka has performed successfully in major concert halls including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Konzerthaus Vienna, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and the Suntory Tokyo Hall.

She made her opera debut in 2007 at the Opéra National de Paris and has also appeared on stages at the Komische Oper in Berlin, the Polish National Opera in Warsaw, the Opera Theater and the Ballet of Perm, of the Grand Theater, etc. Her opera repertoire includes roles by Violetta (La traviata), Tatyana (Eugène Onegin), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Mimi (La bohème), Juliette (Romeo and Juliet), Liù ( Turandot) or Micaëla (Carmen).

The concert program began with a suite from Gara Garayev’s ballet “The Thunder’s Path”.

Karol Szymanowski’s “Songs of a Fairy Tale Princess” were performed as part of the concert. Note that a previous version of this book was discovered a few years ago. However, his performance was postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic. The concert was followed by Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 in A major, Op. 92.

The State Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the Polish conductor sounded in a new way. The concert program aroused great interest among classical music lovers. The repertoire of works has been chosen with great care.

National Music Day was celebrated in Azerbaijan on September 18 and scheduled for the birthday of the great national composer, founder of the Azerbaijani State Opera Uzeyir Hajibayli.

The tradition of celebrating the composer’s birthday as a holiday was established by the eminent conductor Niyazi, who celebrated this day every year after the death of Uzeyir Hajibayli. This tradition continues to this day.

Numerous cultural events, including gala concerts and festivals, are held across the country, including the international music festival named after the composer.

The 13th Uzeyir Hajibayli International Music Festival was held in Shusha, Baku, Gandja and Aghdam from September 18-24.

The festival brought together talented musicians from Azerbaijan, the United States and Poland.

Photo and video credits: Kamran Baghirov

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