Opera Premiere on International Theatre Day

  • Opera Premiere on International Theatre Day
  • Opera Premiere on International Theatre Day
  • Opera Premiere on International Theatre Day
  • Conductor Mykhaylo Dutchak with Lviv Opera’s  Tadey Eder and director Zbigniew Hshanowskyi
Issue 12, April 2009.

This year Lviv’s hallowed National Opera House marked International Theatre Day with a premiere performance of Gluck’s opera “Orpheus and Euridika.” The performance was the work of art director Zbigniew Hshanowskyi, who is best known
to the Lviv theatre-going public for his previous staging of the opera “Moses.” Mr. Hshanowskyi explained that he chose Natalya Datsko and Tetyana Vahnovska for the part of Orpheus due to their incredible vocal qualities. Meanwhile, the role of Euridika is played by Lubov Kachala and Natalya Romanyuk, making this an almost exclusively female cast – even Eros is played by Natalya Kuriltsiv!
Lviv Opera’s General Director Tadey Eder expressed his pride at this latest world-class addition to the venue’s repertoire and commented that it was also one of the most expensive premieres in recent Lviv history, costing more than last year’s widely acclaimed ballet “Don Quixot.” Watch this space for news of the next performance of Orpheus and Euridika.