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Odessa: amazing performance of ukrainian Opera „Katheryna“ by contemporay composer Oleksandr Rodin

One day before their vacation the Odessa Opera showed an opera performance that was truely amazing. This picture shows main conductor Vjacheslav Chernuho-Volich together with second conductor Igor Chernetzky backstage right after the great success. Standing ovations.

One day before their vacation the Odessa Opera showed an opera performance that was truely amazing. This picture shows main conductor Vjacheslav Chernuho-Volich together with second conductor Igor Chernetzky backstage right after the great success. Standing ovations.

– The premiere of Odessa-born 45 year old composer Oleksandr Rodin was just two weeks ago – after two years of rehearsals it was originally due at march 6th!! But because of war it was cancelled. And now they started to perform again – this was only the third performance at all!! I had the very great chance to be in the audience to see this performance. The tragic Opera „Kateryna“ is a very ukrainian masterpiece by all artistic means. Composition, instrumentation, execution of the music, brilliant soloists, actors, choir, ballet dancers, staging, scenery, special effects – I would take many pages to write how excited I was to having had the chance to see, hear and live this incredible performance.

The libretto refers to a ballad by the ukrainian national poet/artist liberty hero Taras Shewtchenko – who was living in the time of Beethoven and Goethe.

The story of the opera: Ukrainian young lady Katheryna falls in love to a russian soldier and gets pregnant. But the soldier will leave for war somewhere else in Ukraine. Katheryna is warned not to fall in love with this soldier. An other ukrainian man loves Katheryna very much and even wants her to marry with the baby wich is not from him. But she refuses and waits for the soldier to come back. When he finally comes back, he does not know her anymore. All his comerades are terribly injured from the war, are drunk and are singing heroic war-songs. Many of them die or are even killed by their own comrades, like shooting a horse because of a broken leg. Because the lost love -Katheryna is desperate, leaves the baby in the forrest and chooses her own death.

right in the entreact, there was missile-alarm. So all the staff and audience had to go below the Operahouse into the Shelter. – This alert lasted only for 15 minutes, so the opera could well continue until its end.