On the 7th of December 2013 an exhibition of stage artist L.Namkhaitseren’s paintings and other artistic works was held in the main Hall of the State Opera and Ballet building in Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbator. The exhibition was held in conjunction with an anniversary performance by the Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet (Монголын Дуурь Бужгийн Академийн Театр) of Peter Tchaikovsky’s well-know lyrical opera Eugene Onegin Op. 24 (Russian: Евгений Онегин, Yevgény Onégin).
The exhibition and operatic performance were the jewels in the crown of the 100th Anniversary celebrations to honour the life of Mongolian stage artist Luvsahsharav Namkhaitseren (1913– 1992). Meticulous drawings, original paintings as well as other works associated with the cartography, stage scenery and theatrical backdrops painted by L.Namkhaitseren’s were showcased in this well-attended exhibition. His son, Namkhaitseren Sanchir (1947– ) was the Curator of the exhibition. The overhead and other lighting of the many works in the exhibition gallery was particularly skilful. Like his father, N.Sanchir (Намхайцэрэн Санчир) is also an established Mongolian artist, an academic painter who has won the prestigious European Prize for Fine Arts awarded by the European Union of Art.
L.Namkhaitseren was one of Mongolia’s main stage artists in the early days of The State Opera and Ballet Theatre during the 1960s and 1970s. The present Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet was first established in 1927 as The People’s Entertainment Yard that in 1931 became The State Central Theatre. On the 10th of May 1963 The State Opera and Ballet Theatre was formed. The new company’s debut production for the opening ceremony, only a week later on the 18th of May 1963, was in fact Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. It was not until nearly two decades later, in 1981, that this esteemed group of Mongolian performing artists and those who would follow would became known as the Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet.
First performed in Moscow in 1879, Eugene Onegin whose title refers to the protagonist in the opera’s drama, continues to be performed to audiences all over the world today. A score for Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 in Russian Cyrillic is available from The International Music Score Library Project. See: http://imslp.org/wiki/Eugene_Onegin,_Op.24_(Tchaikovsky,_Pyotr_Ilyich)
Research enquiries: International higher degree research students of Mongolian Art History (Theatre, Opera or Ballet) who are considering post-graduate research into the life and works of Mongolian stage artists such as L.Namkhaitseren’s (and his contribution to The Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet) are invited to submit a short proposal in writing to N. Sanchir via the appropriate Theatre channels.
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