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The full cast of "La Scala" theatre to perform at Astana EXPO 2017

3 April

The troupe of the famous Italian theatre “La Scala” will arrive in Astana for the international specialized exhibition EXPO 2017, Strategy2050.kz portal reports.

As the Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Arystanbek Mukhamediuly, said, the legendary collective will perform on the capital stage with a full cast of 250 people.

"The orchestra, chorus, soloists will also perform in the theatre. The world's most famous maestro Zubin Mehta will be the main conductor. This is indeed a great joy that such a famous man - the number one conductor in the field of opera and classical art will come", - said Mukhamediuly.

He specified that an agreement was concluded between "Astana Opera" and "La Scala” theatres. The Italian theatre plans to present the creations of the great composers Giuseppe Verdi - the opera "Falstaff" and Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No.9 to the attention of Kazakhstan spectators.

"All costs for the performance of "La Scala" theatre are covered by the group of the company Eni. The contract with this company has surely been concluded. It should be noted that "La Scala" will perform for the first time in the post-Soviet space, except for Russia. It is very gratifying that they will present the world’s best productions with the strongest team, led by conductor Zubin Mehta", - the minister stressed.

Mukhamediuly added that the staff of the Italian theatre is primarily interested in the new "Astana Opera” theatre. Together with this, the international opera singers contest "Operalia" will be held in Astana.

"We are proud that the unique theatre "Astana Opera" attracts the attention of all the world stars. Within the framework of EXPO, we will hold the final parts of the international opera singers contest "Operalia", whose founder and artistic director is Plácido Domingo. I would like to note that 70% of  all the expenses of this unique project of the final part of the contest "Operalia" will be paid by the sponsor "Rolex", - specified Mukhamediuly.

As the head of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan noted, tickets are now being sold for this international competition, more than 300 tickets have already been bought. The sale of tickets for performances of the theatre "La Scala", according to the minister, has not yet began, as the ticket price should be agreed with the main partner.

"We schedule the performance of Mariinsky Theatre in Astana, this theatre came to Kazakhstan twice, and this time it will come with the opera Giuseppe Verdi "Simon Boccanegra" and Mendelssohn's ballet "A Midsummer Night's Dream". The conductor of this theatre will certainly be Valery Gergiev. Here I would like to emphasize that all the expenses  are paid by the sponsor of this theatre RNS group of companies", - the Minister of Culture and Sports specified.

Let us remind that the Minister Mukhamediuly at the meeting told reporters about the amount of funds allocated by the state for cultural and sporting events within the framework of EXPO 2017. In total, the state allocated 9 billion tenge for entertainment within the framework of the exhibition, which is almost 30 million US dollars to the current exchange rate.


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