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September 29, 2022

Life Is Beautiful – ten days of music and merry

If you enjoyed the first edition of the ‘Life Is Beautiful’ festival, organized last autumn by the ‘Ion Dacian’ National Operetta Theatre (TNO), this year’s edition will bring even more events nobody should miss. The festival will reach its peak with the Tiger Lillies concert scheduled for Friday and the return of Pink Martini band, on November 22, at the National Theatre of Bucharest (TNB). But ‘Life is Beautiful’ features many more activities, going on during the 10 days of the festival, ranging from workshops to dance, with books and CDs to be launched, exhibitions to be varnished and shows to be staged, from operettas like The Gypsy Princess, Blue-beard, The Bat, The Merry Widow, Romeo and Juliet, to international galas of ballet.


Thursday, 12 November

19.00 – Show (Premiere): ‘The Gypsy Princess’ by Emmerich Kalman, directed by KERO, ‘Ion Dacian’ National Operetta Theatre, TNO Hall

Friday, 13 November

16.00 – SCENART Presentation – Support for Arts of Show competences in Romania – TNO Foyer

18.00 – CD launch event: “Sergey Bortkiewicz: Concertos no. 2 op. 28, and no. 3 op. 32 in C minor for piano and orchestra” by Stefan Doniga and the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra of Ostrava, Czech Republic; conductor David Porcelijn

19.00 – Concert: Tiger Lillies – “ Shockheaded Peter songs and other bloody verses” – Anniversary concert: 20 years, Metropolis Theatre

21.00 – Film: ‘High Society’ (USA, 1956), directed by Charles Walters, at Cafeneaua Actorilor

Saturday, 14 November

19.00 – Show: ‘The Vysotsky Odyssey’ directed and stage play by Alexander Hausvater. ‘Ion Dacian’ National Operetta Theatre

21.30 – Concert: Trei Parale, Romania, TNO Foyer

22.00 – Film: ‘Mamma Mia!’ (UK, 2008), directed by Phyllida Lloyd

Sunday, 15 November

16.00 – Meetings on ‘The purpose of music and art’ with George Ivascu and his guests – ‘Ion Dacian’ National Operetta Theatre

19.00 – Show: ‘Blue-beard’ by Jacques Offenbach, directed by Yuri Alexandrov, Musical Comedy State Theatre, Sankt Petersburg – TNO Hall

21.30 – Russian tradition evening – TNO Foyer

Monday, 16 November

19.00 – Event: Fashion Musical Show – Liza Panait; Howard Johnson Hotel, Platinum Hall

20.00 – Show: International Ballet Gala – TNO Hall

Tuesday, 17 November

19.00 – Show: ‘The Bat’ by Johann Strauss, The Musical and Operetta Theatre of Budapest, Hungary – TNO Hall

Wednesday, 18 November

19.00 – Show: ‘Bolero,’ Dance-theatre, The Slovakian National Theatre of Bratislava, Slovakia – TNO Hall

Thursday, 19 November

19.00 – Show: International Operetta Gala – TNO Hall

Friday, 20 November

19.00 – Show: ‘The Song of Songs,’ directed by Catalina Buzoianu, the ‘Mnemosyne’ Association, Marseille, France – TNO Hall

21.00 – Concert: IZA folk band, Romania – TNO Foyer

22.00 – Film: ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ (UK/USA, 2007), directed by Tim Burton – Cafeneaua Actorilor

Saturday, 21 November

19.00 – Show: ‘The Merry Widow’ by Franz Lehar, stage director and choreograph: Dana Dinkova, State Opera of Banska Bystrika, Slovakia – TNO Hall

22.00 – Film: ‘Victor Victoria’ (UK/USA, 1982),

directed by Blake Edwards – Cafeneaua Actorilor

Sunday, 22 November

‘Ion Dacian’ Trophy for Young Operetta Artists – TNO Hall

19.00 – Show: The VIP GALA for Musical Show Arts – Howard Johnson Hotel – Platinum Hall

20.00 – Concert: Pink Martini – Sala Mare, National Theatre.

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