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Bulat Minzhilkiev commemoration meeting

Written by on Wednesday, 23 April 2014
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Evening concentrated to the memory of People’s Artist of the USSR Bulat Minzhilkiev will be held on April 23 at the Kyrgyz National Opera and Ballet Theater named after A. Maldybaev.

Program of the concert in memory of the great artist includes classical compositions and the works of Kyrgyz composers. This evening the leading opera soloists will come on the stage. The conductor will be the People’s Artist of the Kyrgyz Republic Zhumakadyr Kanimetov and Nurmat Polotov.

Bulat Minzhilkiev was born on April 23, 1940 in the village of Toru-Aigyr in the Issyk-Kul region. He studied at the opera studio of the Kyrgyz Theater of Opera and Ballet. In 1966 he graduated from the Tashkent Conservatory, where he had studied voice with famous teacher N. Kalinkova, and became a soloist at the Kyrgyz Theater of Opera and Ballet.

Photo from www.operaballet.lg.kg website

Thirty years of his life Minzhilkiev devoted to the Opera theater. He was not just an extraordinary singer, but also a dramatic actor. On the stage he was completely transforming into his heroes. Many who heard Minzhilkiev say that he had a special gift of magnetism.

Here is what famous Soviet and Russian conductor Valery Gergiev said about the artist:

“Artists are not always intelligent, primarily their are usually characterized by the brightness of manifestation – talent breaks out. But Bulat combined artistic power and calmness in himself – faithfulness to his vocation. It is rare to meet someone who so selflessly and childish sincerely loves art and scene, which he serves, and the nation that he represents.”

Singer loved to perform Kyrgyz folk songs and ballads as well as foreign and Russian classical music. He toured a lot, and was performing in the most famous concert halls in the world. Bulat Minzhilkiev also actively worked with young singers, and taught them. His students now sing in various theaters around the world.

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