December is the month when we most expect wonders and magic, surprises and gifts. One of fascinating gifts received by people living in Kostiantynivka, Donetsk Region, was a premiere of the children’s comic opera Koza-Dereza (Nibbly-Quibbly the Goat) by Mykola Lysenko. This stage production was made to mark the 175th birth anniversary of the outstanding Ukrainian composer. The extraordinary fairy-tale performance took place on 20 December in the big concert hall of Kostiantynivka Arts School.
Performers participating in the opera production made their best to help viewers connect with one of the true treasures of Ukrainian musical classics.
“That was interesting and unexpected how the work proceeded to make the production. First, this was rather a ‘chamber’ project of the vocal department that had taken up the initiative of musical theory teacher Daria Romanets to stage the opera by own efforts of students from the solo singing class with piano accompaniment. However, in the process, more and more creative forces were magically getting involved: students and teachers of the school’s musical, drama and choreographic departments. Another contributor who joined the production as a director was drama class teacher Roman Blotnytskyi – he created images of the main characters and gave life to his own vision of the performance. Music for the opera was played by the symphony pops orchestra of teachers led by the arts school’s director Oleg Koshkin”, says Liudmyla Kamynina, head of vocal department, who was the lead manager and orchestral conductor of the production, commenting on the work process.
United World Cultures Foundation has provided assistance in the project’s implementation by donating Ukrainian national costumes to the school’s vocal ensemble and boom microphones for big-stage performances.
Olena Kobets, Director of United World Cultures Foundation, who visited the premiere of the opera Nibbly-Quibbly the Goat, shares her impressions: “That was a great pleasure to watch the children’s opera! Vocals, choreography, stage scenery, supporting music – every detail seemed to be carefully worked out. Children and teachers have displayed a really high level of mastery and have immersed all adult viewers into the heart-warming atmosphere of fairy tales we loved so much back in our carefree childhood days”.
Hurray! The premiere took place! But this was not quite the end of all nice surprises. Charity foundation UWCF prepared sweet gifts for all young performers from the school’s vocal and choreography departments, to congratulate them on the wonderful performance after the curtain’s fall.