Tbilisi Opera Theatre at the Puccini Festival of Torre del Lago

Yesterday, at one of the important opera festivals in Italy, which is singularly dedicated to Giacomo Puccini's work, the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre presented Manon Lescaut.
 
At the 64th Edition of the Puccini Festival of Torre del Lago, soloists and actors of the Puccini academy together with the soloists, the Chorus, the Orchestra and guest singers of the Tbilisi Opera Theatre under the baton of Mārtiņš Ozoliņš took part in the concert performance at the open space of GranTeatro.
 
The cast: Makvala Aspanidze (Manon Lescaut), Alexander Aliev (a sergeant in the King's guard),  Giorgi Oniani (Renato des Grieux), Gocha Datusani (Geronte di Revoir, Treasurer General), Anzor Pilia (Edmondo), Paata Sukhitashvili (Lamplighter), Andrea De Campo (Innkeeper), Federico Bulletti (Dance Master), Alessandro Martinello (Sergeant of the Royal Archers), Filippo Lunetta  (Naval Captain).
 
The Tbilisi Opera tour in Italy started with a successful performance. Today the company will present La bohème, and the day after tomorrow - Turandot.
 
Both performances are directed by Alfonso Signorini. It was with his version of TURANDOT that the Tbilisi premiere was given in March, 2018 as a joint production of the Puccini Festival of Torre del Lago and the Tbilisi Opera House.
 
The Italian opera lovers can enjoy the live broadcast of La bohème with the participation of the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theater Company  at one of the central channels of Italy Cannale 5 the day after tomorrow. 
 
The Italian Press about yesterday’s performance of Tbilisi Opera Company:

Manon Lescaut performed by Georgians
The company, the Orchestra, the Chorus and the actors of the capital of a small country -  Tbilisi Opera Theatre proved that Puccini is popular in Georgia. Yesterday, at the Torre Del Lago festival, they revived Manon Lescaut  in semi-stage form. Conductors: Martins Ozolins and Avtandil Chkhenkeli.  Makvala Aspanidze, Giorgi Oniani, as well as Datusani, Pilia, Sukhitashvili, De Campo, all with wonderful voices – sang with an amazing drive and were highly appreciated. https://www.lagazzettadiviareggio.it/
 
On July 28, at 23.15 Italian time, Puccini's Turandot returns back to the stage of Torre del Lago.
A Russian conductor, Felix Korobov will be conducting the Chorus and the Orchestra of the Tbilisi Opera State Theatre, and Viviana Apicella  will be conducting the Festival Chorus - Voci Bianche.
Turandot - Makvala Aspanidze, Timur - Gocha Datusani, Prince Calaf
 - Anzor Khidasheli.
 
Scheduled for August 4, opera TOSCA, which is presented by the Georgian Opera company and  the guest soloist Mamuka Lomidze (Scarpia’s  Part) - will be the second premiere performance. The premiere was held on July 16 and it was staged specially for the Torre del Lago Festival by Giancarlo del Monaco.
 
TOSCA, like Turandot, is a joint production of the Puccini Festival of Torre del Lago and the Tbilisi Opera House. The premiere of this version of TOSCA will be held in Tbilisi during the next 167th season.