A FESTIVE opening for the beginning of its season has already become a tradition for the Slovak National Theatre (SND). On September 12, the SND’s 91st opening featured world-famous singers Eva Marton from Hungary, Goran Jurič from Croatia and Ilja Silchukov from Belarus as well as outstanding soloists from the SND Opera such as Ľubica Vargicová, Ľubica Rybárska, Adriana Kohútková, Jitka Sapara-Fischerová, Jozef Benci and Tomáš Juhás. The SND orchestra and choir were under the baton of Rastislav Štúr.
The selection of pieces combined the favourite arias of Eva Marton such as Tosca from the opera of the same name by Puccini, the aria of Gioconda from the opera by Ponchielli, and the Liebestod aria from Tristan and Isolda composed by her beloved Richard Wagner, along with arias from successful local productions such as Faust, Nabucco, The Bartered Bride and others. The opening also offered the Slovak premiere of A. P. Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances from the opera Prince Igor. In addition to the singing, talented young ballet soloists – S. Najdená, R. Kolodziej, A. Ducin and A. Szabo – had the opportunity to show their masterful skills.
Eva Marton came to Slovakia towards the end of her long and fruitful career. After debuting at the State Opera in Budapest, she has shined on numerous world stages and festivals. Perhaps her most outstanding roles were as Turandot in Puccini’s opera of the same name and in Wagner’s demanding works.
Hopefully, the Ballet Gala Benefit evening on September 23 to raise money for flood-damaged regions will bring a full house too, and harvest the same level of ovations as this successful opening, which attracted a large audience.
20. Sep 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská