28 & 29 February 2020
On February 28, 2019, the premiere of Karl Orff's stage cantata “Carmina Burana” was held on the stage of the Odessa Opera House. The participants in the performance were the opera soloists Alina Vorokh (soprano), Oleksandr Prokopovych (tenor), Bohdan Panchenko (baritone); ballet dancers Liliia Ivanova, Polina Kalina, Yelizaveta Matvieieva, Anastasiia Rudnieva, Maryna Stryzhakova, Yuliia Temchenko, Roman Kalin, Kostiantyn Leshchynskyi, Kristian Nikulytsia, Viktor Pelykh, Serhii Tkachuk; choir, theater orchestra, children's choir “Pearls of Odessa” (Larysa Harbuz) as well. Conductor – the chief conductor of the theater Viacheslav Chernukho-Volich.
On February 29, 2019, the second premiere took place. The soprano part was performed by Alina Druhak, the rest of the participants remained the same. The performance was conducted by Ihor Chernetskyi.
Congratulations on the premiere!
Music: Carl Orff
Concept / Direction / Choreography / Dramaturgy / Scenography: Gerard Mosterd
Orchestra, choir, ballet and solo singers (150 employees): National Opera & Ballet of Ukraine, Odessa
Alina Vorokh / Alina Druhak (soprano), Oleksandr Prokopovych (tenor), Bohdan Panchenko (baritone)
Dance: Liliia Ivanova, Polina Kalina, Yelizaveta Matvieieva, Anastasiia Rudnieva, Maryna Stryzhakova, Yuliia Temchenko, Roman Kalin, Kostiantyn Leshchynskyi, Kristian Nikulytsia, Viktor Pelykh, Serhii Tkachuk
Conductor: Igor Chernetski / Vyacheslav Chernuho-Volich
Choral Conductor: Valerii Regrut
Children’s choir: Pearls of Odessa – Larissa Garbuz
Assistant choreographer / Repetiteur / Additional co-choreography: Julia Mitomi
Video: Sibe Kokke
Costumes: Nancy Avondts
Light: Vasko Lisic
Decor: Steven Demedts
Co-production: National Opera & Ballet of Ukraine, Odessa, MTSM BV Netherlands, Prima Donna Events Belgium
Undoubtedly, “Carmina Burana” will be one of the best performances of the theater repertoire.
Gerard Mosterd took on the production and choreography, and already from the fragment of the rehearsal it became clear: finally, on the stage in Odessa, Orff's music will be adequately reflected in modern, rather complex and expressive choreography.
The second production, dedicated to the composer's 125th anniversary, is not an updated, but a completely new version. And admittedly, this one is more successful than the previous one. Not least, of course, because the director (choreographer and director) Gerard Mosterd did not try to invent some kind of story of his own, but followed the author's plan, the music, creating a hymn to the ever-changing Lot. Modern choreography, incredible plasticity continues to fascinate the viewer. The director managed to turn the performance of the soloists and the corps de ballet into practical gems.