Commonwealth Voices

Opera stars of the CIS
Main program
14 June 2015Sunday
Voronezh concert hall — big stage

In program – arias from operas byGiacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi, Georges Bizet,Gaetano Donizetti,Camille Saint-Saëns, Francesco Cilea, Jacques Offenbach, Gioacchino Rossini, Franz Lehár, Vincenzo Bellini, Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

The final concert of the Platonov Arts festival will bring together on one stage the most brilliant opera singers of the CIS. Soloists of the best opera houses of their countries, they will sing arias and duets from Russian and foreign classical repertoire.

Anna Aglatova (soprano, Russia)

Anna Aglatova is a soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre opera troupe. The winner of the first prize at the “Bella Voce” International Competition for Singers, the third prize at the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition (Germany), the first prize at the All-Russian Festival-Competition (Lipetsk) and President’s Prize for young culture professionals, she also received Triumph Prize youth grant in 2009. 

Anna Aglatova performs at the most prominent concert venues of the USA, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Holland, Italy, Latvia, Estonia and Greece.

Andrei Jilihovschi (baritone, Moldova)

Andrei Jilihovschi is a soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre opera troupe. A diploma winner at the International Competition of Opera Singers “Saint-Petersburg”, the winner of the third prize at Elena Obraztsova International Competition of Young Opera Singers and the third prize at Maria Bieshu International Vocal Competition. 

Has performed with the Latvian National Opera and the Theatre Imperial de Compiegne. Sang the lead role in the opera “Eugene Onegin” with the “New Russia” orchestra under supervision of Yuri Bashmet, within the Sochi Olympics cultural program in February 2014.  

Saltanat Akhmetova (soprano, Kazakhstan) 

Saltanat Akhmetova is a soloist of Astana Opera and Ballet Theatre. Has performed in Italy: in Palazzo Camozzini, Verona, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, and the Teatro La Nuova Fenice, Osimo. The winner of the “Big Opera” television project on “Russia-Culture” channel (2014). 

A diploma winner at the XXII Glinka International Vocal Contest (Chelyabinsk), the winner at the XV “Bella Voce” International Student Vocal Competition (Moscow), the Villa in Canto Competition (Italy) and the B. Tulegenova Competition (Kazakhstan), a finalist and special prize holder at the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition (Germany). 

Ramiz Usmanov (tenor, Uzbekistan)

Ramiz Usmanov is a soloist of A. Navoi State Academic Grand Theatre, Honoured Artist of Uzbekistan.

The “Best Tenor” prize winner at the International Bul-bul Vocal Competition (Azerbaijan, 2010); the Grand Prix winner at the B. Tulegenova Competition (Kazakhstan, 2012); the second prize winner at the International Competition  “Competizione dell`Opera” (Austria, 2013); the Grand Prix winner at the 1st Minsk International Christmas Singing Competition in 2014.  

Narine Ananikyan (mezzo-soprano, Armenia)

Narine Ananikyan is a principal soloist of Yerevan State Opera and Ballet Theatre named after A. Spendiaryan. The laureate of the “Francisco Vinas” International Singing Contest” and The Extraordinary Prize winner (Spain, 2003), a semifinalist of  Placido Domingo’s Operalia, the World Opera Competition (2005). 

Her repertoire includes the role of Karmen in Bizet’s opera, Azucena in Verdi’s “Il Trovatore”, Lyubasha in Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Tsar’s Bride”, Marina Mnishek in Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov” and others.