Oksana Lyniv begins another role of revolutionary composer


Ukrainian Oksana Lyniv, one of the world’s most exciting classical music talents, once again made history with a three-year position at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna. With her new job, which began this month, the superstar conductor has become the first woman to be appointed musical director of an Italian opera.

“I have the honor and the responsibility of becoming the first woman to be invited to become the musical director of one of the most important Italian state theaters, in a country where classical music has an extraordinary history that is felt. in every corner and is an integral part of the national culture, ”commented recently married Lyniv on social media.

This isn’t the first time that Lyniv, initially surprised to be the first woman to conduct an Italian opera, has made headlines for innovating and testing gender stereotypes. The Brody native, who made it a goal to attract more young people through opera during her tenure, became the first woman to be appointed conductor of the Austrian opera Graz and the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra. She retained the title until 2020, then strengthened her position as a world star by becoming the first female conductor to open the Bayreuth Opera Festival in Germany. At the 145-year festival, she wowed the star-studded audience, which included former German Chancellor Angela Merkel, while conducting the “Flying Dutchman”, a play by festival founder Richard Wagner.

The first opera production of this 43-year-old pioneer at the Teatro Comunale, which has hosted great composers like Verdi and Bellini, will be “Andrea Chénier” by Umberto Giordano. Lyniv will also conduct the music of some of his favorite composers, including Wagner, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss and his compatriot, Boris Lyatoshinsky.

Lyniv, who was associate conductor of the Odessa State Opera from 2008 to 2013, made her first appearance there in March 2021. She was guest conductor at a concert, performed without an audience due to the pandemic. Lyniv, who also worked at the Bavarian State Opera, returned months later to Bologna to perform to a full house.

All the impressive work saw Lyniv receive Conductor of the Year at the prestigious German Oper! Awards, as well as the Order of Princess Olga. Her series of honors and awards also includes the 2021 Saxon Mozart Prize, which she received with the Ukrainian Youth Symphony Orchestra. It is an ensemble that she formed in 2016 with the aim of bringing together young musicians from all over Ukraine and helping to unite the country. Interestingly, Lyniv is also the founder of the LvivMozArt music festival, inspired by Mozart.

Lyniv, who even deserved the creation of a Barbie doll in her own image, was born into a family of musicians in Soviet Ukraine. Musical instruments like piano, flute, violin and singing were all part of her youth and from 1992 she studied transverse flute and conducting at the Stanislav Liudkevych Music School in Lviv. for four years. After first conducting at the age of 16, her interest blossomed and she continued to attend the Lysenko Academy of Music in Lviv, at a time when the field was dominated by men. Her rise to fame began during her studies there, and as a young prodigy she was able to find work as an assistant conductor at the Lviv Opera House, which allowed her to gain recognition. Lyniv moved to Germany to continue his studies and the only way is since then.


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