Telavi International Music Festival 2013 Takes off
17 October, 2013
Telavi International Music Festival 2013 Takes off
From 12 October to 20 October, Telavi International Music Festival will be on. Born in 1980s, it has hosted a lot of great musicians of different genres and musical biography. It has retained its great prestige and highest performing quality.
Georgian Journal attended the concert on 13 October. The program was opened by three pieces of Camille Saint Saens’ “Samson et Dalila”. Giuseppe Verdi’s “Don Carlos”, “Il Trovatore” and “La Forza del Destino” were also performed. The soloists were two
wonderful ladies - Georgian Mezzo Soprano Mzia Nioradze, who sings on leading international stages including Metropolitan Opera and has the world fame, and American Soprano Tiffany Abban noted for her beauty of tonality and communicative powers. Ms Abban has won the following awards and competitions: the first place in the Licia Albanese-Puccini competition; the first place in the George London-Leonie Rysanek Award and the first place in the Mario Lanza Competition (junior division).
Mzia Nioradze confessed to us in the aftermath that she has performed the Russian program for the first time in Georgia. The musical pieces were Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov” and Alexander Borodin’s “Prince Igor”. She has gained genuine admiration of public due to her great singing range. Her artistic manner of performing was truly imposing; so was her inner vigor. Just the contrary can be said about Tiffany Abban – her voice is much more feminine and so is her nature too. Consequently, Verdi’s “Aida”, where they converged, proved to be a real competition. This is the competition that is always nice to be watched and listened to.
For Tiffany Abban, this was her first time in Georgia. “Nice town and welcoming people. It’s been a real pleasure to work with Georgian musicians. The duet with Mzia Nioradze is something that we have done a lot of times in Oslo. She gets better and better. She has got such an enormous and beautiful voice. It is a genuine pleasure to keep up with her and try to fight her (smiles). She is a glorious singer and a wonderful colleague.” She deserved “Bravisima” and the duet of two soloist ladies – lots of summon for encore...
Tamar Lortkipanidze, Director of the Festival told Georgian Journal: “The main point of the festival is the quality of performing. Our participants all have the successful career. Every time, we invite highest professionals. The novelty of this year is that we did not have one special day dedicated to the opera concert like today. The festival itself started in 1980s. But at that time it was more a chamber music festival. Nowadays, it presents symphonic as well as opera music. There is another novelty too: we have performance of young musicians scheduled on October 18.”
“It is already four years since the revived Classical Music Festival brings together music admirers to Telavi. I am happy to see such attention and support of the state.
I want to express my gratitude to my colleagues who generously share their art with Georgian audience. And I wish success to our young performers for whom Telavi is a start of their artistic life” Eliso Virsaladze, Artistic Director of the festival says.
“Eliso is an artist of great distinction, perhaps the greatest woman pianist of our time. She is a serious, deeply sincere and unpretentious musician... Eliso is an unforgettable Schummanist.” We will tell you about her performance in the next issue.

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