On March 12 at 6 pm, the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra in cooperation with the Uniting History Foundation will offer an opera music program with the outstanding Russian soprano Hibla Gerzmava as a soloist. This event will close the 30th International Star Festival in Liepāja.
Hibla Gerzmava, on the stage of the Liepāja Concert Hall “Lielais dzintars” (Great Amber) together with the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra under the direction of its chief conductor Gintars Rinkevičs, will perform arias from the operas that have gained world fame and public love from the great Italian classic Giuseppe Verdi and works by Camille Saint-Saëns, a French romantic music composer. You will also be able to enjoy compositions from the time-tested operas of Vincenzo Bellini, Georges Bizet and other composers.
Born in Abkhazia, Russian opera star Hibla Gerzmava is one of the most sought-after sopranos in the world and one of the few Russian singers of this generation to truly hold the title of opera diva. Hibla Gerzmava is a unique phenomenon on the stage of Russian opera. With a voice that is bright and direct, emotional and passionate, she performs in a wide repertoire of leading operas by leading female roles and has conquered the world's most important opera house stages. She is also a gifted actress who expands the performance directors' insights with her deep and intuitive understanding of the character.
The New York Times called Hibla “the warm-voiced soprano with affecting poise and strong-willed intensity”; while Opera Today raved, “the sensational soprano Hibla Gerzmava is the most remarkable new talent encountered in many a year.”
The Uniting History Foundation, which has created an opportunity to invite the artist to perform in Latvia, is a charity founded in 2019, which is active in the fields of cultural development, preservation of Latvia's historical heritage and reduction of social inequality. So far, the foundation has implemented such cultural projects as the solo concert of pianist Mikhail Pletnev in Liepaja, supported the organization of the festival “Riga-Jurmala”, the guest performance of Boris Eifman's ballet in Riga and the digitization of the concert hall “Lielais dzintars”. The foundation has supported the publication of several historically significant literary works, as well as implemented projects in cooperation with the Žanis Lipke Memorial.
The Liepaja International Star Festival will take place for the 30th time from March 4 to 12, 2022. The spring music festival organized by the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra will bring together outstanding musicians of various genres in five concerts and will offer premieres of new compositions. Well-known soloists in Latvia and abroad, such as organist Iveta Apkalna, pianists Reinis Zariņš and Alexander Melnikov, flutist Dita Krenberga, violinist Baiba Skride, as well as the string quartet from United Kingdom “Albion Quartet” will perform at the festival.
The 30th Liepaja International Star Festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Liepaja Municipality, the State Culture Capital Foundation and the Uniting History Foundation.
Tickets for the concert “Closing of the 30th Star Festival. Hibla Gerzmava” is already available at the ticket offices of the “Biļešu paradīze” network throughout Latvia, on the website www.bilesuparadize.lv and in the information center of the concert hall "Lielais dzintars".