The 2011 Musical Performance Arts Week opens on November 21 in Bucharest with the VIP Awards for Musical Performance Arts Gala. The gala, already on its third edition, is organized in partnership with the Bucharest National Opera and honours this year’s finest performances and artists from the opera, music-hall and ballet scene, as well as from related fields, in the only event of its kind in Romania. The conference series “Musical Performance Arts, Whereto?” will take place in Bucharest, as well as Cluj, Iasi and Constanta, and prominent figures in the field will try to come up with practical answers. The conference in Bucharest is scheduled for November 22 and participants include Mr. Ioan Holender and his guests.
Another highlight on the programme are events held under the heading “Masters of the Lyrical Scene”, an event series paying homage to great lyrical artists from Bucharest, Cluj and Constanta.
The section titled “Reference Points” will include several major performances of this opera season: “La Traviata”, by Giuseppe Verdi (the Timisoara National Romanian Opera), “Samson and Delilah” by Camille Saint-Saens (the Iasi Romanian Opera), “Don Pasquale” by G. Donizetti (the “Oleg Danovski” Opera and Ballet Theatre), “Lucia di Lammermoor” by G. Donizetti (the Cluj-Napoca Magyar Opera), as well as a premiere of the Bucharest National Opera’s Opera and Ballet Experimental Studio – “Nijinsky”.
The list of special events also includes a show put on by the students of the Bucharest National Music University, the joint performance of the “Gh. Dima” Music Academy’s opera students and the Viva Vox ensemble from Cluj-Napoca, as well as the gala show “George Petean and His Guests”, to take place at the Cluj-Napoca Romanian Opera, featuring Grigore Lese as a special guest.
Children have not been forgotten and both the Bucharest Children’s Comic Opera and the “Oleg Danovski” Theatre in Constanta have in store for them spectacular opera and operetta performances within the “Open Doors for Children” programme, as well as backstage tours to get them acquainted with the artists they could see perform on stage.