Malta International Music Festival


26 April — 10 May 2020

Valletta • Floriana

Opera Evening

La Primavera Kazan Chamber Orchestra

Rustem Abyazovconductor(Tatarstan/Russia)

Andriana Fenech-Yordanovasoprano(Bulgaria/Malta)

Clarе Ghigоmezzo-soprano(Malta)

Robert Samut Hall

Rustem Abyazov


The creator, permanent artistic director and chief conductor of the Kazan chamber orchestra La Primavera. He graduated the Moscow State Conservatoire, the specialty was "violin" (the class of Prof. Irina Bochkova), and also the Kazan State Conservatoire, the specialty was "composition". In 1983-86 he was the soloist of the Tatar State Philharmonia, in 1986-96 he worked as a Director and an artistic director of the special music school-lyceum of the Kazan State Conservatoire. In 1989 Rustem Abyazov founded a chamber orchestra La Primavera, which within the shortest period became one of the most exciting musical groups of Russia.

He is an honored artist of the Republic of Tatarstan and the Russian Federation, a national artist of the Republic of Tatarstan, a laureate of the State Prize of the Republic of Tatarstan in the field of literature and art, named after Gabdulla Tukay. In 2002 the Russian national newspaper "Musical review" named Rustem Abyazov the "Conductor of the Year".

Rustem Abyazov performs much as a violinist. He plays in various ensembles. He has toured in Russia and abroad – Hungary, Germany, Sweden, France, Greece, Tunisia, Spain, China, Turkey, Switzerland, the UK, South Korea, Israel and others.

He is a member of music festivals, including "Stars of  White Nights" (Saint Petersburg), "Europe - Asia" (Kazan), "Christmas musical meetings in North Palmyra", "Moscow Autumn", the Music festival at the Royal Palace (Sweden) Les Classiques de Villars (Switzerland), the Music festival "Hibla Gerzmava invites" (Abkhazia) and others.

Rustem Abyazov combines successfully performing activities and a composer’s gift. Many of his works have gained popularity, and are often performed in concerts, recorded for radio and television. He pays much attention to update and expand the repertoire of string orchestras.

Comments in mass media

"Rustem Abyazov’s solo of the violin was truly wonderful. Mr. Abyazov performed passionately, with inspiration, creating a subtle magic canvas. The sound was clear and amazingly transparent".
"Evening Kazan" (Kazan)

"Abyazov took a full advantage of the sound of his powerful instrument and impressed with an amazing variety of tones: a warm, resonant sound in low registers opposed gentle, crystal clear sounds of tops".
Giessener Allgemeine (Germany)

"The concert fantasy on Gershwin's opera "Porgy and Bess", performed at the end of the program, showed Rustem Abyazov as a magician, whose instrument mastered all kinds of violin technique".
Giessener Anzelger (Germany)

"... Under inspirational management of the active, accurate in details conductor Abyazov, we heard a nice, very subtle, often a bit sentimental, but fresh, pleasantly tinged music - with an abundance of sound colors, rhythmic vitality and changeable dynamics ...".
Hallandsposten (Sweden)

"The festival, named after Abyazov, once again demonstrated the highest rating of the musician in the creative life of the republic: four nights in a row, his concerts-portraits - in fact, gathered full house. Rustem Abyazov and his orchestra have their listeners, many of which, owing to him, have become frequenters of the concert halls. So today, the musician can afford many things, including holding successfully the festival, named after him."
"Musical Review" (Moscow)

Andriana Fenech-Yordanova


Dr Andriana Yordanova, established soprano and voice teacher holds a Masters in Opera singing and Vocal pedagogy and a Ph.D. in Music, both from National Music Academy “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov”, Sofia, Bulgaria under prof. Ilka Popova as well as a Master degree in Russian language and literature from the Sofia University “St Kliment Ohridski”. She won scholarships for European Opera Thrust in England, Academy “Boris Christoff” in Rome and bursary from “Kraft Jacobs Suchard”. She is a winner of competitions and a member of international judging boards. She took part in several editions of the International Summer Festival in Varna and Sofia Music Weeks, Bulgaria.

Her repertoire ranges from Italian, French, German and Russian operas to operettas, baroque music, Lieder and modern composers. Her roles include Donna Elvira and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito, Micaëla in Carmen, Violetta Valerie in La Traviata, Nedda in I Pagliacci, Mimi and Musetta in La Boheme, Tosca in Tosca, Zemfira in Aleko to Sylva Varescu in Die Csárdásfürstin, Hanna Glavary in The merry widow, Safi in Der Zigeunerbaron among others.

She recorded works of Alexey Shor with Julian Milkis and Giuliano Mazzocante as well as “Stabat Mater” of Euchar Gravina with MPO. Her career brought her from Bulgaria to Egypt, Greece, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Italy, Austria, Russia, Kazakhstan. Since 2001 she lives in Malta performing in Manoel Theater, Aurora Theater-Gozo, MCC, St John’s Cathedral and many other venues. She was artistic director at the Malta International Music Festival, Head of Yury Rosum Music School and Artistic Director at Opera Studio Atelier Lyrique both in Malta. Dr Yordanova is a judge at International Voice competitions and visiting lecturer at the University of Malta. She acts as independent evaluator of National Qualifications which are being accredited against the MQF. In June 2019 she premiered the song Bejrut of Alex Vella Gregory at the most prestigious Sofia Music Weeks Festival in Bulgaria. In November Ave Maria by the British composer David Lewiston Sharpe was premiered in Malta by Yordanova. Recently she was nominated for the most prestigious Bulgarian award in Music for achievement in 2019 Crystal Lyre. Currently she is teaching voice technique at Johann Strauss Malta School of Music.

Clarе Ghigо


Clare Ghigo is a mezzo soprano with a Masters Degree in Opera Performance at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama(Cardiff) under the tutelage of Leah Marian Jones. Clare's operatic roles include Cherubino in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, Annio in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito, Hänsel in Humperdinck‘s Hansel and Gretel, the Third/ Second Lady in Mozart’s Zauberflöte, the old Gypsy Woman in Rachmaninov’s Aleko, Speranza /Proserpina in Monteverdi's l’Orfeo, Carmen in Bizet's Carmen, Angelina in Rossini's la Cenerentola, Maria in Piazolla's Maria de Buenos Aires, and Rosina in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia.

Clare’s recent performances included the role of  Kannell is a children’s opera  Il Qtates ta max- Xatt by Euchar Gravina, the role of Anna Rosa in the  Carlo Diacono’ L Alpino the role of   Saja in a world premier opera  Ahna Refugjati and Nunzjata in City of Humanity, both operas are part of Valletta capital of culture 2018 projects.

Clare together with soprano Gillian Zammit and harpist Brit Arend form a harp trio and after their successful recitals at the AlteOper in Frankfurt, Rathaus in Berlin l’Hotel de Ville in  Paris, they were invited to perform at the Khachaturian festival in Yerevan, Armenia.

Clare participated in various operatic competitions, she won the Malta International Signing Competition, was a semifinalist of the Alfredo Kraus Vocal Competition, a finalist in the Hans Gabor Belvedere competition, and a Semi finalist in the London Handel Competition 2016.

Clare is also versatile recital artist and have performed for acclaimed singes such as Joseph Calleja, Bryn Terfel, Anna Tomova Sintova, Nelly Miriciu, Monserrat Caballe, Daniela Dessi, Richard Bonynge, Luciana Serra and with various ensembles, some of which the Jeune Orchestre Atlantique, Guildhall Consort, VIBE, Rossini Ensemble, the Ensemble Télémaque and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra with whom she also toured China.

Clare forms part of the London Festival Opera( UK) Orfeo Foundation( Amsterdam), is an ENOA ( Aix en Provence) and a Solti Accademia Del Bel Canto scholar.

La Primavera

Kazan Chamber Orchestra

«If Kazan did not have such an orchestra, it would have to be invented», said one of the guests of the capital of Tatarstan. Kazan Chamber Orchestra La Primavera appeared in 1989, out of enthusiasm of  Rustem Abyazov - the conductor and musicians. A small group of students from the conservatory and a young director of a special musical school gave their first concerts at Kazan University. And quite soon the new group became very famous all over Kazan. Today La Primavera orchestra is one of the best creative ensembles in Russia. Its repertoire includes more than 2000 works by Western European, Russian and Tatar composers from baroque to jazz.

Musicians from Tatarstan are participants of Russian and international festivals, including: Les Classiques de Villars (Switzerland), Musik vid Siljan (Sweden), Musik vid Dellen (Sweden), "Stars of White Nights", "Khibla Gerzmava invites...”, "Europe-Asia", Academy of music "New Itinerants", "Christmas Musical Meetings in North Palmyra", "Youth Academies of Russia", "Siberia-Europe", La Folle Journée - "Mad Days" (Ekaterinburg) and many others.

La Primavera gave concerts in the Great Hall of the Conservatory, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the Rachmaninoff Hall (Moscow), the Moscow International House of Music, the Glinka Hall of St. Petersburg Philharmonia, and the Organ Hall of the Perm Philharmonia. The orchestra performed in Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Tunisia, Greece, Israel, China, Turkey, and South Korea, always getting a warm welcome from the public and approval of music critics. In 2018 the orchestra took the Trans-Siberian train trip, giving 13 concerts in the cities of Transsib.

La Primavera gives its own international festivals in Kazan. These are: «Abyazov-Festival» dedicated to synthesis of different cultures; and L'arte del arco («Art of the bow»), which annually introduces public to the work of best contemporary performers of string and bowed instruments.

The participants of these festivals have been Gilles Apap, Stefan Milenkovic, Nikita Borisoglebskiy, Robi Lakatos, Dmitriy Makhtin, Lakshminarayana Subramaniam, Hugo Ticciati, Boris Andrianov, Denis Shapovalov, Monika Leskovar, Jan Krigovskiy, Nicolas Dautricourt, Glinka State Quartet (Russia), Rastrelli-Quartet (Russia-Germany), Graf Murzha, Misha Pyatigorskiy’s jazz trio. Also the orchestra performed with Khibla Gerzmava, Misha Mayskiy, Alena Baeva, Albina Shagimuratova and others.

«La Primavera is one of the best orchestras not only in Russia. I am always amazed by the way they work, by their professionalism and quality of their sound», says the Italian violinist - Domenico Nordio. «Brilliant musicians», - says Gilles Apap. «I have never seen such a large and diverse repertoire for a chamber orchestra. Besides, everything is clear, everything works, everything is always in place», - comments Mark Drobinskiy - the cellist. «One has been admiring the orchestra for many years. The orchestra has a huge repertoire, it is able “to fit” into any soloist, in any musical style», - the Russian radio station «Orpheus» reports in the review. «Every day of the festival L'arte del arco music sounded at the highest level, undoubtedly it would enrich the best stages of the world», - writes the newspaper «Musical Review». 

The orchestra actively gives charity concerts to help children's funds. Every year the orchestra organizes a program for talented students from children's musical schools to support young musicians, the name of the program is «Stars from Tomorrow». It actively promotes the work of contemporary composers.

Rustem Abyazov is a founder, permanent art director and chief conductor of the orchestra, an honored artist of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Tatarstan, a national artist of the Republic of Tatarstan, a laureate of the State prize named after G. Tukay, «Conductor of the Year» according to the All-Russian newspaper «Musical Review» (2002), and an honorary citizen of Kazan.


G. F. Handel

Overture to ‘Alcina’

'Pena Tiranna' from 'Amadigi'

Soloist: Clarе Ghigо mezzo-soprano

G. Puccini

Aria of Lauretta from 'Gianni Schicchi'

Soloist: Andriana Fenech-Yordanova soprano

W.A. Mozart

Overture to ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ *

G. Rossini

Rosina's Cavatina from 'Il Barbiere di Siviglia' *

Soloist: Clarе Ghigо mezzo-soprano

F. Cilea

Aria of Adriana Lecouvreur
from 'Adriana Lecouvreur' *

Soloist: Andriana Fenech-Yordanova soprano

G. Bizet

Overture from 'Carmen' *

Habanera from 'Carmen' *

Soloist: Clarе Ghigо mezzo-soprano

G. Puccini

Cio-Cio-San Aria
from 'Madama Butterfly' *

Soloist: Andriana Fenech-Yordanova soprano

A. Vivaldi

Sinfonia from ‘L’Olimpiade’

V. Bellini

Cavatina of Norma from 'Norma' *

Andriana Fenech-Yordanova soprano

Duet 'Angiol di pace'

Andriana Fenech-Yordanova soprano
Clarе Ghigо mezzo-soprano

E. Kalman – B. Chetvergov

Fantasy ‘Silva’

V. Di Chiara

La Spagnola, Bolero*

Clarе Ghigо mezzo-soprano

C. Offenbach

Duet 'Belle nuit, o nuit d'amour' from 'Tales of Hoffmann'*

Andriana Fenech-Yordanova soprano 
Clarе Ghigо mezzo-soprano

*(arrangement by R.Abyazov)

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