Opera and Ballet Open With Haydn

The Istanbul State Opera and Ballet is greeting the 2009-2010 season with six new works.

The Istanbul State Opera and Ballet has opened at Aya İrini with movements from Franz Joseph Haydn’s oratorio, ‘The Seasons’, as ‘Haydn Year’ is being celebrated all over the world to honor the 200th anniversary of the great composer’s death. The opera and ballet team will continue the year with six works new to its repertoire. All performances by the troupe, which is currently unable to use the Ataturk Culture Center, are being staged this year at the Süreyya Opera House in Kadıköy.
The first of the season’s new works is ‘La Bohème’, featuring the music of Giacomo Puccini under the direction of conductor Antonio Pirolli. Another classic awaits opera lovers in the new year in the form of Mozart’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’, directed by Yekta Kara. Jacques Offenbach’s ‘Tales from Hoffmann’ is yet another of the season’s new offerings. Meanwhile a ‘Rossini Menu’, to be performed by Istanbul State Opera and Ballet soloists, will welcome audiences in late January.

The Belarus State Dance Ensemble is preparing to come to Istanbul. Coming to Turkey for the first time, the group will stage dances at the TIM Maslak Show Center on 15, 16 and 17 January. Formed by a decision of the Soviet Socialist Republic’s cabinet in 1959, the ensemble will present not only dances from Belarus but from the old Soviet Union as well.