All About Opera and Classical Music News in 2012

Music and opera are intertwined. Additionally, an opera house is a place for classical opera and classical orchestra concerts.

This opera and classical music website is dedicated to popularising this music genre. Giuseppe Verdi opera and the best of Mozart music are favourites. Baroque classical music has often been ignored in the classic concert repertoire. We have tried to remedy this. Of course, classical orchestra music lend itself for celebrations of state and popular holidays.

In 2012, Myron Yusypovych conducted some of the best classical music concerts in Lviv and Odessa, Ukraine. Classical music songs were performed and famous composers were featured.

All About Opera and Classical Music in 2012
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December 11, 2012

Verdi Work of Opera

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Listen to opera music online of the Grand Opening Chorus – Toast (Coro d’introduzione) from Act I from the opera work Ernani by Giuseppe Verdi.

Aida – Famous Verdi Work
Aida – Famous Verdi Work

December 3, 2012

The Last Day of Autumn

And Maestro Myron Yusypovych! How magnificent he was that night!

He transitioned from the pessimistic, depressive, awesome and powerful Shostakovich to the optimistic, radiant and joyful Lutoslawski. And in each piece, the conductor was remarkably true and accurate to the original. But most importantly, he gave his all with honesty and an open soul.

Bravo, bravo Maestro! You captivated us all – no exceptions! Your eyes told us that you discerned this. And that’s great!

Finally, a surprise from Maestro Yusypovych. In all this passion, I completely forgot about the surprise which the maestro had promised us, journalists, during our meeting a day before the concert. But forget I did! As a result, this small and joyous piece became the very best end for this exquisite evening.

The Maestro with his unending love of Ukrainian music (and now, even I think that it is impossible not to fall in love with this music) gave us a truly beautiful melody. Indeed, it is called simply A Melody and is the work of our illustrious master composer, Myroslav Skoryk. In the end, it was impossible to separate the orchestra on the stage from the audience in the auditorium – everyone erupted in a joyous, endless round of applause. That evening, under the magical sounds of the orchestra undying feelings were awakened in all of us.

Marina Rovinskaya

Myron Yusypovych in Odessa, Ukraine
Myron Yusypovych in Odessa, Ukraine

November 6, 2012

Do Conductors, Dressed in White Tie and Tails, Wear Opera Pumps?

Opera pumps are shoes worn with formal wear – white tie and tails. This is the traditional wear of opera conductors.

Discover 6 interesting fun facts about opera pumps. Who wears opera pumps? Who doesn’t wear opera pumps? Who should wear opera pumps?

View an opera video clip of the Lviv Opera House Orchestra performing Symphony №8, part 3 by Dmitri Shostakovich. Take a close look to see if opera conductor Myron Yusypovych is wearing opera pumps!

Opera Pumps
Opera Pumps

October 5, 2012

Oleh Krysa, Virtuoso-Violinist Is Visiting Lviv

Krysa's Jubilee Celebrations: He will perform with his brother, his wife and three orchestras.

Oleh Krysa and the orchestra «Lviv Virtuosos» are putting the finishing touches, in preparation for their Sunday evening performance. At that time, Alfred Schnittke's Concerto Grosso, which was originally dedicated to O.Krysa, will be performed in Lviv for the first time.

Krysa: Just touch the string.

Yusypovych: More above the string.

Krysa: Legatissimo!

Yusypovych: Legatissiom with the tip of the bow. Above the string.

Oksana Senyshyn, Oleksiy Shelkovyj Lviv24TV

Virtuoso-Violinist Oleh Krysa is Visiting Lviv
Virtuoso-Violinist Oleh Krysa is Visiting Lviv

October 4, 2012

Oleh Krysa Will Be a Guest Artist at the «Contrasts» Festival

Oleh Krysa, the world renowned virtuoso-violinist, who will be celebrating his 70th birthday and 50 years of artistic endeavours will be an honoured guest at the 18th Festival.

… the Jubilee Concert with Oleh Krysa will take place on Sunday, October 7. The violinist will perform together with him brother, Bohdan Krysa and the Chamber Orchestra «Lviv Virtuosos»… The concert will be conducted by Myron Yusypovych… It will be the Lviv premiere of the Concerto Grosso №3 for Two Violins, Harpsichord and Strings by Alfred Schnittke, a piece originally dedicated to Oleh Krysa by the composer….

Lvivska Hazeta

September 17, 2012

The Opera House Theatre in Lviv — A Showcase of Art

Some of the greatest and most famous opera house theatres in the world are much more than places that simply house opera. A house of opera is often a showcase of incredibly beautiful art.

The Opera House Theatre in Lviv, Ukraine is unique in its art. Did you know that the main auditorium ceiling is a showcase for 12 different artists – sculptors and painters?

Listen to online to opera music from Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin as you discover the beauty of the Lviv Opera House Theatre auditorium.

Continue reading to find out the names of the 12 artists, who created the beautiful art at the Opera House Theatre in Lviv].

Opera House Theatre Ceiling Lights in Lviv
Opera House Theatre Ceiling Lights in Lviv

August 23, 2012

Ukrainian Independence Day Concert

On the occasion of Independence Day, the Lviv Opera House was the site for a grand concert. The works of various Ukrainian composers of orchestra music were featured, including Myroslav Skoryk (1938-2020), Roman Kupchynsky (1894-1976), Denys Sichynsky (1865-1909), Oleksandr Bilash (1931-2003), Semen Hulak-Artemovsky (1813-1873). Ukrainian classical music songs were performed.

Myron Yusypovych conducted the Overture and Kozak March Chorus from the opera Taras Bulba by Mykola Lysenko (1842-1912) and the Introduction and Kolomyjka Chorus from the opera The Stolen Happiness by Yulij Mejtus (1903-1997).

Ukrainian Independence Day Concert
Ukrainian Independence Day Concert

May 18, 2012

Europe Day Concert

Europe Day is celebrated on May 5 by the Council of Europe and on May 9 by the European Union. In Ukraine, it is marked on the third Saturday of May.

To celebrated Europe Day, Myron Yusypovych conducted a concert with the «Lviv Virtuosos» Chamber Ensemble that included classical orchestra music works by various European composers.

Europe Day Concert in Lviv
Europe Day Concert in Lviv

April 10, 2012

A Concert of Baroque Music

A concert of Baroque classical music featuring works by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) and Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was conducted by Myron Yusypovych with the chamber ensemble «Lviv Virtuosos» as part of the Virtuosos Festival held annually in Lviv, Ukraine.

Concert of Baroque Music
Concert of Baroque Music

March 3, 2012

Tenors in Concert

Tenors are a much-loved part of the opera world scene. Certainly, some of the best classical music concerts include tenor arias. It is well known that concerts performed by tenors – «The Three Tenors», no less – are a favourite among opera concert audiences.

Conceived by Myron Yusypovych the Tenor Fireworks Concert (Теноровий Зорепад) featured the Lviv Opera House Orchestra, 4 tenors, who are soloists at the theater and 2 tenors, who usually perform as part of the opera choir. The fireworks were the music and the explosive voices. No pyrotechnics were used!

Tenors in Concert at the Lviv Opera House
Tenors in Concert at the Lviv Opera House

March 1, 2012

Franz Xaver Mozart Cantata

Many people are not aware that Franz Xaver Mozart (1791-1844), the youngest son of the great W. A. Mozart (1756-1791), resided most of his life in Lviv, Ukraine. It is in Lviv that F. X. Mozart created most of his works. At the time of F. X. Mozart's residency, the City was within the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Mozart music and the best of Mozart were part of the cultural scene.

In Ukraine, March 1 is considered to be the 1st day of spring. On this day, the Franz Xaver Mozart Canatata entitled «The First Day of Spring» was performed by the «Lviv Virtuosos» Chamber Orchestra and the Galician Chamber Choir. Myron Yusypovych conducted the performance.

View an excerpt video recording from the evenings performance.
Discover more about Franx Xaver Mozart music and life.

“The First Day of Spring” by Franz Xaver Mozart
“The First Day of Spring” by Franz Xaver Mozart

January 27-28, 2012

Harmony of the Spheres Video Presented in Canada

Myron Yusypovych presented the DVD «Harmony of the Spheres» to a Toronto audience at the Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation on January 27, 2012 and to a Montreal audience at the Cardinal Josyf Slipyj Ukrainian Museum on January 28,2012. The DVD includes some of the best classical orchestra music combined with visuals from opera productions at the Lviv Opera House.

Following the viewing there was an opportunity for a question and answer session related to the DVD production.

View an excerpt from the DVD «Harmony of the Spheres»:
Introduction (Vorspiel) to Act 1 of the opera Lohengrin by Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Symphony #8, part 3 by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Part 3 of Pini di Roma (Pines of Rome) by Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936)

“Harmony of the Spheres” DVD Presentation in Canada
“Harmony of the Spheres” DVD Presentation in Canada

January 11, 2012

Celebrating the Christmas Season

The Christmas season, which in Ukraine is in January and not December, is a time for celebration, family gatherings and music.

Myron Yusypovych conducted a concert of Christmas music with the Chamber Ensemble «Lviv Virtuosos» and the Bandura Quartet «Lvivianka». The concert included a variety of Ukrainian and internationally famous Christmas carols.

Christmas Concert
Christmas Concert