IN SINGER LUSINE ORDUKHANIAN'S WORDS, ARMENIAN ART ENJOYS STUNNING RECEPTION IN SLOVAKIA

Noyan Tapan
Armenians Today
Oct 26 2006

YEREVAN, OCTOBER 26, NOYAN TAPAN - ARMENIANS TODAY. "Our concerts were
held in Bratislava with great succees, stunningly well," soloist of
the Yerevan Al.Spendiarian Opera and Ballet National Theater, soprano
Lusine Ordukhanian mentioned in the interview with the Noyan Tapan
correspondent. She performed concerts with tenor of the same theater
Artak Kirakosian from September 26 to October 3 in Bratislava. In
L.Ordukhanian's words, the Armenian audience does not often show
such reception. "It is not like this in Armenia as we lay ourselves
out but they remain dissatisfied with everything, and they estimate
the art there. I have never seen such a reception," the singer said,
mentioning that there were mainly Slovaks present at the concerts taken
place in Bratislava. In her words, the first and second concerts took
place in Bratislava, and the second was held in Prague. By the way,
the Armenian Culture Days opened in Slovakia just with their concert
at the "Ararat" club. L.Ordukhanian also informed that they got the
invitation and financing for performing concerts in Slovakia from Ashot
Grigorian, the Chairman of the Armenian community of Slovakia. "There
was a preliminary agreement with the RA Ministry of Culture concerning
showing assistance in the issue of travel expenses as well, what did
not manage because of the Hungarian community's refusal to assist
concerts," the singer stated and added that their pianist was not able
to participate in the concert for that reason. A.Grigorian's wife,
famous pianist Hasmik Gabrielian saved the situation. She accompanied
during all the concerts. The singer also stated that A.Grigorian
envisages again to invite them to Slovakia, and the directors of the
Philharmonic of Slovakia and the Opera Theater must listen to them
during those concerts. "It would be better that the Ambassador of
Armenia is present at the next concerts as well. That he is not only
present but also participates or at least does not hinder as he did
this time," Lusine Ordukhanian said.