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The Opera & Theatre Madlenianum begins its concert season in the new year with an interesting concert called Old Russian and Serbian New Year. On 11 January 2020 at 19:30h the Irkutsk State Philharmonic, led by a conductor, Ilmar Lapinsch, is to perform on the Large Stage of Madlenianum. This evening, the interesting program of the Russian repertoire with rarely performed works is to be sung by a soloist from Russia, Alexey Tikhomirov, while some arias, such as the one from the opera Prince Igor, will be sung by our soloists - this evening in the interpretation of a baritone, Zeljko Andric, from Novi Sad. Our famous opera diva, Jadranka Jovanovic, who has recently been awarded the prestigious operetta prize, will sing Serbian national songs, as well as a bass, Ivan Tomasev. Tickets for this concert are free. The same program will be performed by the Governor's Symphony Orchestra from Siberia on 13 January as well on the stage of the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad.

The Governor's Symphony Orchestra plays the key role in promoting classical music and developing musical culture of the Siberian region, thanks to its enlightenment activities. The orchestra was formed in autumn 1958 and in 2000 it received the status of the Governor’s Orchestra. Each concert of this orchestra is a special event. The repertoire of the orchestra is very diverse and wide. The orchestra has performed a number of outstanding instrumental programs with world famous soloists. Among them are: Alexander Ram, Pavel Milyukov, Sergei Krylov, Clara-Jumi Khan, Mark Fuksman, Aylen Pritchin, Philipp Kopachevsky and many others. 

Thanks to this orchestra, projects of general and worldwide importance are becoming increasingly common in the music life of Irkutsk. The repertoire often says: "performed for the first time" and this orchestra performs various world premieres, not only by Russian composers. Led by Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Honored Artist of Russia Ilmar Lapinsch, the orchestra is constantly promoting contemporary art. On the occasion of the 38th anniversary of the “Moscow Autumn” contemporary music festival, the Irkutsk Philharmonic hosted a guest performance for the first time within the aforementioned festival. The Governor's Symphony Orchestra was honored to perform that concert.

The members of the orchestra are top musicians who have given a number of concerts in many cities of Russia, in the CIS member countries and abroad and have won numerous awards at international and Russian competitions.

The Governor's Symphony Orchestra of the Irkutsk Regional Philharmonic, together with the Symphony Orchestra of the Novosibirsk Philharmonic, occupies the leading position in Siberia. Besides performances in cities in the Irkutsk Oblast, the orchestra has successfully performed in Germany, Switzerland, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Lithuania, Mongolia and China. The Governor's Symphony Orchestra regularly receives invitations to attend music festivals in Europe and China.

With great success and a lot of warmth, the orchestra has performed in the "Golden Hall" of the Vienna Philharmonic. The ensemble regularly participates in the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum and other prestigious symphony forums in Russia. The orchestra successfully collaborates with famous soloists: D. Matsuev, A. Ram, A. Pritchin, S. Roldugin, P. Kopachevski, D. Schwartzberg, P. Milyukov; and conductors: M. Mayrhofer, Lior Shambadal, Dejan Savic etc. Since 2009, the artistic director and principal conductor of the orchestra is the Honored Artist of Russia and Mongolia, maestro Ilmar Lapinsch.


Ilmar Lapinsch, from Latvia, was born in Riga where he finished “Emil Darzins” Secondary Music School. He studied at the Leningrad State Conservatory, the Faculty of Orchestra Music and Conducting, and obtained his master's degree from the Moscow State Conservatory in the class of prof. Boris Haikin. He has worked as an assistant conductor of the Yaroslavl State Philharmonic. In 1975, he was appointed Principal Conductor of the Tatar State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre Musa Jalil. From 1970 to 1983 he worked at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, first as an intern of the USSR Ministry of Culture and then as a theatre conductor. Later he worked in Ufa, Tomsk and Sverdlovsk. In 1990 he went to Yugoslavia and then to Austria where he worked as an advisor for Bosnia and Herzegovina, as the principal conductor and artistic director of the Vienna New Chamber Orchestra, as the conductor of the Vienna Chamber Opera. From 1998 to 2000 he worked as a conductor at the Teatro Filharmonico di Verona (Italy), 1999-2000 he was the conductor of the National Opera of Macedonia. By the time he went to Irkutsk he had been the conductor of a musical theatre in the city of Klaipeda (Lithuania). Since August 1, 2009 he has been the principal conductor of the Irkutsk Regional Philharmonic.

He is the Merited Artist of the RSFSR, Honorary Citizen of the Republic of Austria, the recipient of the Friendship Medal of the Mongolian People's.

He has performed in various cities in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Bulgaria, Mongolia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Austria, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, the People's Republic of China, with over 120 ensembles (including 20 opera theatres, many of which are state national operas, including the Opera of the National Theatre in Belgrade). He is a member of the jury in Vienna, Krakow and Zagreb, and the president of the jury in Sofia, Warsaw, Budapest, Salzburg and Paris.


Alexey Tikhomirov, bass, is the first prize winner of the 1st International Competition "G. Vishnevskaya" in 2006. He is the winner of the Tatarstan Republican Competition "Best Young Bass 2007". He graduated from “N.G. Zhiganov’ Kazan State Conservatory (Conductor of Academic Choir, 2003 (training course of the Associate Professor L. Draznin) and Vocal Department, 2006 (training course of the Professor Yu. Borisenko). He studied at the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Singing Centre from 2004to 2006 (training course of the Professor A. Belousova-Fadeicheva)

Since 2005 he has been the principal soloist of the «Gelikon – Opera» under the leadership of Dmitri Bertman. On the stage of Gelikon he sings the roles of Boris in Boris Godunov, Boris Timofeyevich in Lady Macbeth, Don Basil in The Barber of Seville, King of Clubs in The Love for Three Oranges and many others.

Since 2010, Alexey Tikhomirov has been a guest soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia (he debuted in the role of Sarastro in the opera of V. A. Mozart's The Magic Flute and in the role of Pimen in Boris Godunov). Since 2011 he has been performing the role of Ruslan in the opera of M. I. Glinka Ruslan and Lyudmila, set by D. Chernyakov, a conductor V. Jurowski (on the occasion of the grand opening of the reconstructed Historical stage of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia). Since 2015, he has been a guest soloist of the Moscow theatre "Novaya - Opera", called "E. Kolobov", where he sings the roles of Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Sobakin in The Tsar's Bride, Prince of Galicia in Prince Igor, Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin and others ...

He actively cooperates with Russian and foreign theatres. Some of the theatres in the world where he has guest performances are: Teatro Verdi in Busseto, Opera Theatre in Limassol, Teatro Massimo Bellini; Queensland Royal Opera House in Brisbane, The Opéra royal de Wallonie and Municipal Theatre of Santiago, De Doelen Concert Hall in the Netherlands, Lithuanian National Opera, Teatro de Capitol in France, Lyon Opera, Hamburg Opera, La Monnaie Theatre in Brussels, Marseille Opera Theatre, Opera House Nancy, Bolshoi Theatre in Geneva, Real Madrid Theatre, German State Opera, The Vlaamse Opera Antwerp and Ghent, Opera Theatre in Monte Carlo…

In 2009 he made his debut at the Rome Opera as Agamemnon in Gluck's opera Iphigenia in Aulis under direction of R. Muti; also under Maestro Muti he took part in the opera Moses and Pharaoh by G. Rossini at the Salzburg Festival, as a bass he has sung at the Mass Cherubini, at The Wiener Musikverein Concert Hall, participated in the Vesperae solennes of Mozart with the Bavarian Radio and Television Orchestra in Munich, and the Stabat Mater of D. Rossini with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Musikverein.

He constantly collaborates with conductors V. Fedoseyev, M. Pletnev, V. Spivakov, V. Jurowski, V. Sinai, D. Jurowski, M. Jurowski, G. Dmitryak, R. Muti, Z. Mehta, I. Lapinsch and others.


Jadranka Jovanovic, mezzo-soprano, has performed in over 120 world opera and concert stages from Beijing to Mexico City and from Palm Beach to Siberia among which the outstanding are La Scala in Milan, The GranTeatre del Liceuia in Barcelona, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Mozarteum Salzburg, The Municipal Theatre Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, Teatro Comunale in Florence, The Teatro Regio di Parma, Opéra in Nice, George Enescu Festival in Bucharest, The Glenn Gould Hall in Toronto,  Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Irodion in Athens, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in  Washington . She was the first Carmen in UAE, Constantine in Algeria – Arab Capital of Culture in 2015, Algiers Opera House, Oran Opera House, Carnegie Hall in New York, Wiener Musikverein- Vienna Music Association.                                                                                   

She cooperated with the most famous conductors in the word: Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Richard Boning, Antonio Guadagnio, Mauricio Arena, Alexandar Rahbari, Julian Carrela and performed with the coleagues among whom are Plácido Domingo, Mirella Freni, Elizabet Matos, José Carreras, Éva Marton, Peter Dvorský, Jose Cura......                                                                           

Jadranka Jovanovic has sung over 70 roles among witch were the most impressive: Abigaila, Cinderella, Santuca, Eboli, Carmen, Amneris, Giovanna Seymore, Princess de Bouillo. Jadranka Jovanovic introduced into the music life of her country lots of innovations, thematic organized concerts, under the name: “Century and a half of Serbian solo Songs”, “The night of Verdi's divas”, “The night of French music”, “Verdi – Shakespeare”, “The night of Rossini”, “The world music masterpieces”, “The Gypsies poem – Classic composer, the first presentation of Spanish zarzuela in Serbia” as well as directed concerts of solo songs (dedicated to Pushkin) for which Jadranka Jovanovic was rewarded by the Russian Ministry of culture for the exceptional contribution in the year of marking 200 years of birth of Pushkin. These concerts where performed in costumes and with their directing and musical arrangements they entered into the essence of poetic and music dramaturgy, representing one absolute and interesting new item by which the century old stereotype of co-called “liberabenda” was abounded.

In former Yugoslavia was the first who carried out a number of musical rarities, unknown works, arias from operas: Cinderella, Women from the Lake, Semiramide, The Siege of Corinth (G. Rossini), La Périchole of Offenbach, Meyerbeer’s Huguenots, the Spanish Zarzuela...10 solo concerts in the Hall of Kolarac, as well as 5 solo concert at Belgrade's Sava Centre, always in  packed halls with designed and innovative programs, through which she showed her great musicological research work, representing absolute repertoire innovations in our region (songs in Yiddish, Chinese, Swedish, Bulgarian, Greek, music from Iceland, songs from Korea, with the special focus on Serbian music creation).

During her decade-long international career, none of her concerts at all meridians (from Carnegie Hall to Nizhny Novgorod) has been without Serbian art presentation.

At the Gala concert of the famous Placido Domingo in Belgrade’s Kombank Arena in 2014 she was honored to be his special guest in her hometown.

She won the Exceptional Vuk Karadzic award for 2015 - for the special contribution to culture of Serbia. In 2016 the book ''Recondita armonia '' by respected Italian music critic Bruno Baudisone was published and it was dedicated to opera artists who have left significant mark on the Italian opera houses in the last three decades. An important place in this book belongs to Jadranka Jovanovic.

Besides her "great polished voice, with phrases interpreted with the confusing easiness of the first-class talent" (Nice Matin - France) critics throughout the world have always pointed out her "brilliant theatrical appearance" (Zurich Linz Zeitung).


Ivan Tomasev, bass, was born in Belgrade, where he starts his musical education. Two years later, he wins first place at young opera singers’ competition for the whole ex-Yugoslavia. He continues with advanced vocal trainings in Novi Sad, Zagreb, Rome and Vienna. He has numerous training courses in Vienna at Olivera Miljakovic, prima donna of Vienna State Opera.                                His soloist career starts in the beginning of 1986, firstly in the Opera in Novi Sad and afterwards in the Opera of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb. Since 1989 he has been the soloist and the Principal Singer of the Opera of the National Theatre in Belgrade.

Besides his successful performances in Belgrade, he has been often engaged in different opera productions worldwide. He has performed in more than four hundred productions in Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Denmark, Malta, Italy, the USA, Japan and Russia.

His first international appearance was in 1998 by debut in the Aida, on the Summer Opera Festival in Sankt Margarethen in Austria.

Zeljko Andric, baritone, soloist of the Opera of Serbian National Theatre. In 2003 he finished “Stankovic” Music School in Belgrade, in 2008 he graduated from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad in 2008, Department of Music Theory and in 2011 he graduated from the Department of Solo Singing at the same Academy, in the class of prof. Vera Kovac Vitkai.

He completed his Master studies at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade in the class of prof. Nikola Mijailovic in 2013.

He has participated in many concerts throughout Serbia as a soloist. He is a member of Vojvodina Mixed Choir in Novi Sad, where he performs as a soloist. Since 2008 he has been a member of the Opera of the Serbian National Theatre and since May 2012 he has been a soloist of the Opera.

Professional development: 2015 in Vienna (prof. Sead Buljubasic and maestro Wolfgang Scheidt). Opera repertoire: Turkish Messenger, Prince Ivo of Semberia, concert performance, David A Hand of Bridge (Omnibus Opera) Jakob Erat А. Vrebalov: Mileva, Masetto Don Giovanni, High Priest Nabucco, Rigoleto Count of Ceprano Rigoletto, Paolo Albiani Simon Boccanegra, Marchese d'Obigny, Giorgio Germont La Traviata, Count di Luna, An old gypsy Il Trovatore. Bishop Timisoara, D. Despić, Priest Cira and Priest Spira, Radovan, Vladimir's friend S. Divjakovic: Vladimir and Kosara, concert performance, Dulcamara The Love Potion, Orazio, Prospero Conventions and Inconveniences of the Stage (Viva La Mama), Lieutenant Eugen von Rohnsdorff The Csárdás Princess, Alfio Cavalleria Rusticana, Ben, G. C. Menotti: The Telephone (Omnibus Opera)…


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