Kyiv opera at Playhouse

April 29, 2022 | By More

Ellen Kent’s operas feature Ukrainian National Municipal Opera Kyiv

The Edinburgh Playhouse is hosting the Ukrainian National Municipal Opera Kyiv this week, performing in Ellen Kent Productions’ trio of operas: Tosca, Carmen and Madama Butterfly.

The company is performing the Ukrainian national anthem at the end of each performance to honour their country and to “hold a moment of gratitude to the soldiers, defenders, volunteers and all who work to bring Ukrainian victory closer”.

The Ukrainian National Municipal Opera Kyiv, outside the Playhouse on Thursday evening.

Shortly after arriving to Scotland the company gathered for a photo in front of the venue before Thursday’s opening night of Puccini’s Tosca – instruments and Ukrainian flag in tow.

The residency will continue tonight, Friday 29 April, with Bizet’s Carmen, followed by Puccini’s Madama Butterfly on Saturday 30 April.

Listings

Carmen
Edinburgh Playhouse. 18 – 22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA.
Friday 29 April 2022.
Evening: 7.30pm.
An evening of passion, sexual jealousy, death and unforgettable arias. Carmen is the story of the bewitching girl whose tantalising beauty lures a soldier to desertion and leads to her own murder. Bizet’s melodies include The Toreador’s Song, Carmen’s enticing Habanera and Don José’s lyrical Flower Song. Starring mezzo soprano Katerina Timbaliuk from the Odessa Opera and  Romanian tenor Sorin Lupu, together with Ukrainian mezzo soprano Irina Sproglis. Sung in French with English surtitles. Book here.

Madama Butterfly
Edinburgh Playhouse. 18 – 22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA.
Saturday 30 April 2022
Evening: 7.30pm.
One of the world’s most popular operas and the inspiration behind musical Miss Saigon, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of the beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant – with dramatic results. Welcoming back Korean soprano Elena Dee, Ukrainian sopranos Alyona Kistenyova and Katerina Timbaliuk from the Odessa Opera, together with Ukrainian mezzo soprano Irina Sproglis. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. Book here.

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