"Songs to the Full Moon": Tekfen Philharmonic at the 44th Istanbul Music Festival

The new series of the Istanbul Music Festival brings classical music to open air and moonlight, and begins on a moonlit night on Sunday, June 19th at 20 pm. A rich selection of works from "Song to the Moon" from Dvorak's opera Russalka to Puccini's tender "O mio babbino caro" is set to make this night unforgettable in the natural atmosphere of Uniq Istanbul's open air stage. Aziz Shokhakimov, Uzbekistan's gift to the classical music stages around the world will be Tekfen Philharmonic's guest conductor for the festival while the concert's soloists will be Georgian soprano Teona Dvali, a regular at Mariinski Theatre and Russian tenor Andrej Dunaev, mostly known for his rendition of Lensky in the new production of Eugene Onegin by the Bolshoi Theater. The night at Uniq İstanbul will begin under the moon with popular arias, and continue with unforgettable melodies of the Carmen Suites, the orchestral version of one of the most passionate love stories in the history of opera.

Young Aziz Shokhakimov made his mark in the classical music world with the award he won at the Mahler Conducting Competition when he was only 21, and is fast moving up in the international arena with his mature, profound, and energetic interpretations. Shokhakimov has conducted many important orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, and La Fenice Theater Philharmonic at concerts and opera productions in Europe and the States, and became the conductor of Deutsche Oper am Main in 2015.

Born in Georgia, soprano Teona Dvali attracted the attention of the opera world with her last-minute substitution of Anna Netrebko as Adina (Love Potion) at the Mariinsky Theater, and she won the Special Award at the International Arturo Toscanini Singing Competition and the first prize at the International Rolanda Nicolosi Competition. Dvali is one of the singers of the Mariinsky Opera, and is one of the popular guests of many important opera houses such as La Scala and Ravenna.

The experienced tenor Andrej Dunaev, known for his rendition of Lensky in the new production of Eugene Onegin by the Bolshoi Theater, has performed at many opera houses and festivals including BBC Proms, the Glyndebourne Festival, Deutsche Oper, Semperoper Dresden, and the Los Angeles Opera. Praised by the international press for his bright voice color and his tender but controlled interpretations, Dunaev is one of the most noteworthy tenors of recent years with his exceptionally broad repertoire.

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