Sunday, May 28, 2017

2017-2018 New Season Opera Ballet Programs in Turkey

The Turkish State Opera and Ballet Company plans to present a new opera and ballet performances while deepening the the company's connection to its surrounding communities through world premieres, new and repertory productions, as the company announced their new season program recently in their web site. 
This season the opera ballet nights end at the end of May 2017. Afterwards, Istanbul, Izmir Ephesus and Antalya Aspendos summer festivals will be held in the open air seaside environments on warm nights. The new season will start at the beginning of October. 
We have a short summary review on the new opera ballet performances of the Turkish State Opera Ballet web page for you. We wanted to inform upfront the most important new performances in the new season.

"Simon Boccanegra" in Ankara, "Cosi fan Tutte" in Istanbul Süreyya opera, "Tannhauser" in İzmir Alhambra opera, "L'Elisir D'Amore" in Antalya opera, "Masked Ball" in Mersin opera and "I Paliacci" in Samsun opera will be staged. We have to watch all of them, even multiple times the new performances.

Ankara Opera House

Pelleas et Melisande, Claude Debussy (new)
Don Giovanni, Mozart
Simon Boccanegra, Giuseppe Verdi (new)
Zorba the Greek, Theodorakis (ballet)
Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky (ballet)
Giselle (ballet)

Istanbul Süreyya Opera House
Cosi fan Tutte, Mozart
L'incoronazione di Poppea, Claudio Monteverdi,
Ninetta, Rossini
Coppelia, Esmaralda, Three Musketeers (ballet)

Izmir Alhamra Opera House
Don Giovanni, Mozart
Against the wall (new)
Tannhauser, Richard Wagner (new)
Coppelia, Nutcracker, (ballet)

Antalya Opera House
Aida, Giuseppe Verdi
L'Elisir D'Amore, Gaetano Donizetti
Four-Seasons, Karamazov Brothers, Zorba the Greek (ballet)

Mersin Opera House
Gypsy Baron, Johann Strauss II
Masked Ball, Giuseppe Verdi
Frida, Count Dracula, Rhapsody in Blue (ballet)

Samsun Opera House
I Paliacci, Leoncavallo (new)
Le Rossignol, Stravinsky
Salome, Richard Strauss
Firebird, Stravinsky (ballet)
Carmen suite, (ballet)

At the time when conflicts, pessimism, divisions and war are all around us, your writers sincere feeling that the most important power that unite all people and cultures is music. Turkish Opera and Ballet invites audiences to discover the powerful experiences that great opera and ballet performances can provide. We are proud to see the artistic work and meaningful connections for opera lovers.
More information on Turkish State Opera and Ballet program can be found at web site

Haluk Direskeneli, is a graduate of METU Mechanical Engineering department (1973). He worked in public, private enterprises, USA Turkish JV companies (B&W, CSWI, AEP), in fabrication, basic and detail design, marketing, sales and project management of thermal power plants. He is currently working as freelance consultant/ energy analyst with thermal power plants basic/ detail design software expertise for private engineering companies, investors, universities and research institutions. He is a member of ODTÜ Alumni and Chamber of Turkish Mechanical Engineers Energy Working Group.

This article is written for the "EurasiaReview" news web site.
Ankara, 28 May 2017


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