VladOpera e.V.
The non-commercial association VladOpera e.V. based in Stuttgart (Germany) is
committed to international understanding, cultural exchange and the development of
the civil society.

The association has over 10 years of experience in implementing international cultural
projects in cooperation with different partners in Eastern Europe and the post-Soviet space,
especially in Ukraine and Russia. The activity of the association is focused on
cultural projects, which are also conceived as a mean of international understanding.

Since 2014, the association has been focused on cooperation with Ukraine in order to
contribute to the reconciliation and understanding in Europe:

Project ¿everything´s different? (2015)
A theater project about people, war and society in Ukraine
16 theatrical groups from Ukraine, Poland and Belarus were invited to over 30
performances and discussions in Ivano-Frankvsk, Lviv, Dnipro, Kharkiv and

Project "Debates on Europe" (2015/2016)
VladOpera e.V. was a partner in a series of international conferences in Estonia,
Belarus, Russia and Ukraine on the issues of European neighborhood.

Project "Stories from Severo" (2016)
A documentary performance produced in Severodonetsk with partners from Kyiv and the
Luhansk region. The real everyday life, the wishes and hopes of people in the war
zone were discussed and staged with actors, some of whom themselves fled the
occupied territories. The piece has been shown in different cities, including

Project "Music Overcomes Walls" (2017-2018)
An international opera and music project in Severodonetsk. In the summer of 2018, after
six weeks of joint rehearsals, a new production of the Mozart opera "Don Giovanni" was
shown to the people of Luhansk region.

Project "Music and Dialogue" (2019)
»Listening for a Better Understanding«
An international orchestra comprising 45 musicians and 20 choir singers rehearses together in Severodonetsk. The artists leave the comfortable frame of the stage and travel to 12
cities in the Luhansk region to play music and to get to know people and realities
through dialogue.

The association VladOpera eV and its projects has been financially supported
by the German Foreign Office, the Goethe Institute, the Deutsche Bank Foundation, the
Prokhorov Foundation, the Daimler Benz AG, the State of Baden-Württemberg, the
Robert Bosch Stiftung, Porsche AG, USAID, UNDP and many local and regional partners.

Ukrainian-Belarusian Initiative Group
"Opera and Dialogue"
In the context of previous projects implemented by VladOpera e.V. (Germany) in Severodonetsk (Luhansk region, Ukraine), participants, partners and spectators formed an initiative group and took most of the responsibility for the existence, development and prospects of the project. Their initiative, energy and knowledge create various activities within the project, determine its goals and objectives.

To ensure the continuity of the project, these people created an initiative group "Opera and Dialog". In partnership with the association VladOpera e.V. (Germany) they bring to life and fill the project with meaning. the project aims to improve mutual understanding between people and plans to attract even more activists from different parts of the Luhansk region, other countries and regions of Ukraine.

Members of the initiative group:

Vitaly Alekseenok (Belarus/Germany, Weimar)
conductor of the opera "Don Giovanni", 2018
musical director of the project "Music and Dialogue", 2019

Igor Bilyts (Ukraine, Kiev)
stage director, actor, playwright
dramaturg of the opera "Don Giovanni", 2018

Lesya Dermenzhi (Lviv, Ukraine)
participant of the project "Music and Dialogue" 2019

Ludmila Dolgonovskaya (Ukraine, Kiev)
assistant consultant of the people's deputy of Ukraine
curator of the project "Music Overcomes Walls", 2018

Oleksii Dorychevskyi (Ukraine, Kiev)
stage director, actor, playwright
playwright of the project "Tales of the North", 2016
dramaturg of the opera "Don Giovanni", 2018

Anna Kazakova (Belarus, Minsk)
cultural project manager
Project Manager of the project "Music Overcomes Walls", 2018
Project Manager of the project "Music and Dialogue", 2019

Tetyana Plis (Ukraine, Severodonetsk)
Dramaturg at the Luhansk Regional Academic Ukrainian Music and Drama Theater
Actress of the project "Tales of the North", 2016
curator of the project "Music Overcomes Walls", 2018
curator of the project "Music and Dialogue", 2019

Evgeny Rakhmanin (Ukraine, Kiev)
soloist of the opera "Don Giovanni", 2018

Olga Ursol (Ukraine, Severodonetsk)
cultural manager
curator of the project "Music and Dialogue", 2019
Head of the Project
Music director of the project
Belarus/Germany, Weimar
Project Manager
Belarus, Minsk
Darya Pashkevich
Project Manager
Belarus, Minsk
Tatiana Plis
Curator of the project
Ukraine, Severodonetsk
Viktor Ashmarin
Curator of the project
Ukraine, Kharkiv
Curator of the project
Ukraine, Severodonetsk
Sergiy Dorofeev
Director of Luhansk Regional Academic Ukrainian Music and Drama Theater
Ukraine, Severodonetsk
Anastasia Stalmakhova
Graphic Designer
Germany, Berlin / Weimar
Ukraine, Lviv
Russia, Saint Petersburg
Belarus, Minsk / Germany, Frankfurt
viola da gamba
Russia, Saint Petersburg
Head of the Project, Germany
Peter Schwarz
Dr. h. c. Peter Schwarz — Chairman of the German non-profit organisation VladOpera e.V., one of initiators and head of the project "Music and Dialogue".

Grew up in Western Germany. After the fall of the Iron Curtain he travelled to former „Eastern Bloc" and the Soviet Union to explore another part of the world. He was an exchange student for one year in Krasnoyarsk (Sibiria) and worked two years within a program of the Robert Bosch Foundation in Vladivostok (Russian Far East). Since 2003 he is realizing cultural projects. In 2009, he was appointed chairman of VladOpera e.V.

Peter Schwarz came first to Luhansk Region and Severodonetsk in spring 2015. He understood that it was very important to work in this region to understand better what is going on in East Ukraine. After this first visit VladOpera e.V. together with varying partners realized several theater and musical projects: Theater Festival everything´s different in Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Dnipro, Kharkiv and Severodonetsk in 2015, a documentary theater production Bajki Severa in Severodonetsk in 2016, and a Don Giovanni-concert in Severodonetsk in 2017.

Peter is initiator and head of the international opera project in the Luhansk region "Music Overcomes Walls" (»Don Giovanni«), implemented in Severodonetsk in the summer of 2018. "Music and Dialogue" is a continuation of the project "Music Overcomes Walls".
Project Manager, Belarus
Anna Kazakova
In 2012, graduated from Minsk State Linguistics University (cross-cultural communications department).

In 2011-2013, worked as an international projects coordinator at International Theater Festival TEART and Minsk International Film Festival LISTAPAD.

In 2013-2016, worked as a project manager at the Theater and Concert Agency KULTPROSVET (Minsk). In December 2015, she was a coordinator of the project "Debates on Europe" in Minsk. In 2013-2016, worked

Since 2016, she works as a project manager at the Social Theater Lab in Minsk and PR manager at European College of Liberal Arts in Belarus.

In 2018, worked as a project manager of the international opera project in the Luhansk region "Music Overcomes Walls" (»Don Giovanni«), implemented in Severodonetsk in the summer of 2018. "Music and Dialogue" is a continuation of the project "Music Overcomes Walls".
Music director of the project, Belarus/Germany
Vitali Alekseenok
Vitali Alekseenok, since season 2017/18 became a new chief conductor of the Abaco Orchestra of Munich University, and has conducted such orchestras as Lucerne Festival Strings, Jena Philharmonic, INSO-Lviv Symphony Orchestra, Gotha Philharmonic, Lviv Philharmonic, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra and others.

He was founder of Gustav Mahler concert series in Thuringia wherein he performed his "The Song of the Earth" in Weimar and Erfurt. He also conducted Stravinsky's "The soldier's tale" in St. Petersburg with members of St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Mariinsky Orchestra and his own compositions with members of "I, culture orchestra" in Gdansk, Poland.

Since season 2016/18 he closely cooperates with Oksana Lyniv, with whom he worked as a conductor and musical assistant in the Bavarian State Opera, Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Graz Opera, with the "New Philharmony Munich" and Bavarian Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Belarus Vitali Alekseenok continued his musical studies in the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory with Prof. Alexander Alekseev and in Weimar High School of Music with Prof. Nicolas Pasquet. He took part in master classes with Bernard Haitink, Peter Stark, Bruno Weil and others.
Curator of the project, Ukraine
Marina Yavorskaya
Marina Yavorskaya, Honored Artist of Ukraine, director of the regional communal institution Serhii Prokofiev Severodonetsk College of Culture and Art, which is the center of academic musical culture, aesthetic education of young people and residents of the region.

Marina Yavorskaya, a former graduate of this educational institution, considers her main goal to be the further development of the college, the preservation of traditions that had been forming for 50 years; strengthening the status of an educational institution that is professionally oriented towards the upbringing of a spiritually developed person.

Marina is the head of the "Ukrainian Donbass" project implemented in the college (2016) and, within the framework of the Program "Consider the Land of Time", the project "Art without Borders" (2018), a program implemented jointly with the Association "Euroregion Karpaty-Ukraine". The goal of these projects is to form an open cultural and educational space for students from different regions of Ukraine to communicate, exchange experience between musicians of educational institutions of culture and arts of the east and west of the country.

In the framework of the program "Training. Exchanges. Residences. Debuts", implemented with the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, Marina Yavorskaya is the head of the project "Choir-Fest "East CAMERTON" – the festival of choral music, which will be held in Severodonetsk in the autumn of 2019 with the participation of student choirs from three regions of Ukraine: Luhansk region, Galicia and Bukovina.
violin, Berlin/Weimar, Germany
Leopold Nicolaus
Leopold Nicolaus was born in Berlin in 1994. He received his first violin lessons at the age of eight. From 2010 to 2012 he received private lessons from Dragan Radosavievic, who holds teaching positions at the Universität der Künste Berlin and the Hochschule für Musik Hans Eisler in Berlin. In 2012 he switched to baroque violin and took private lessons with Midori Seiler.

Since 2013 Leopold Nicolaus has been studying baroque violin at the Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar and had lessons with Nadja Zwiener and Stefan Mai. At the Mozarteum Salzburg he came into contact with teachers like Marcello Gatti, Alfredo Bernardini and Vittorio Ghielmi. He also took part in masterclasses with Midori Seiler, Stanley Ritchie, Alessandro Ciccolini, Jaap Ter Linden and Jordi Savall.

Leopold is academician of the "HandelSoloists" at the Karlsruhe Handel Festival and a permanent member of the "BachCollectiv" at the Köthener Bachfesttage. In August 2014 Leopold Nicolaus and the ensemble "TemporaFelicia", which he co-founded, won 2nd prize and the audience award at the "Biagio Marini Competition" and the "WDR SpecialPrize" in the soloist category at the "H.I.F. Biber Competition 2015". As a chamber musician he is active in the ensemble "Urstrom" and the ensemble "Foscari", with whom he recorded a CD in 2019 "Rembrandt!". He is concertmaster in his own orchestra "WeimarBaroque".
violin, Lviv, Ukraine
Lesya Dermenzhi
Born in Lviv, received her primary and secondary education in Chernivtsi. Graduated from Lviv National Musical Academy named after Mykola Lysenko. Since the beginning of her studies at the Academy, she became interested in baroque music and historically informed performance.

Among the works performed are pieces of early Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods, as well as contemporary music (Corelli, Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Vasks, Silvestrov). Lesya collaborated with many famous musicians, including Lev Markiz, Nazar Kozhukhar, Alexander Pilchny, Marek Toporowski, Radoslaw Kamenyazh, Theodore Kuchar.
flute, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Anastasia Fedchenko
Born in Leningrad in a family of musicians. At the age of 4 she began to study the piano, at the age of 13 became interested in the flute. Graduated from The Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory.

Anastasia takes an active part in the concert life of the city, performing solo and as part of an orchestra. In 2011, she received a special prize at the Hart Foundation competition. Participant of masterclasses of world famous flutists — Pierre Yves Artaud, Shigenori Kudo, Vincent Luc, Felix Renggli.

Since 2014, she has been an artist of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Capella of St. Petersburg.

Anastasia has an active interest in the study of historically informed performance. She took lessons in playing the transverse flute from the famous St. Petersburg musician A. Kiskachi, took part in masterclasses of outstanding traverse flute performers — Jan de Winne, Benedek Csalog.
viola da gamba, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Vadim Vainshtein
Born in St. Petersburg, graduated from the Music College named after. M.P. Mussorgsky in the class of classical guitar (class of D.Ch. Trofimov). In 2013, while still in college, he became interested in early music and began to study the viola da gamba under the guidance of Rust Pozyumsky. In 2017-2019, he studied with Markku Luolajan-Mikkola at The Sibelius Academy. Took part in masterclasses by Nazar Kozhukhar, Vittorio Ghielmi, Jonathan Manson.

Vadim participates in many ensembles and musical projects in St. Petersburg and other cities, including: Vermell Consort, Collegium Musicum, Novoselie. In 2015-2018, regularly held masterclasses on viola da gamba in Lviv in cooperation with the Lviv Music Workshop.
harpsichord, Kyiv, Ukraine
Varvara Turta
Graduated from the R. Glier Kyiv Institute of Music in the class of Olga Orlova; Master's Degree and assistant internship at Petro Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine in the class of Maria Pukhlyanko.

At the Conservatory, she began to master playing the harpsichord and the practice of basso continuo under the guidance of Olga Shadrina-Lychak. She took part in masterclasses by Elżbieta Stefańska at the Academy of Music in Kraków and Mikhail Kugel (Belgium) at the Summer Music Academy in Kyiv. In 2018 and 2019, she took the clavier master course by Marek Toporowski in Warsaw. She has performed solo programs at the Lviv Regional Philharmonic as part of the Bach Contemporary (2019, 2020) and Pizzicato e Cantabile (2019, 2020) festivals.

Winner of the International Wanda Landowska Harpsichord Competition in Italy in 2018 (solo program — 1st prize, nomination "Playing with an orchestra" — 1st Assoluto prize). Finalist of the La Stravaganza International Harpsichord Competition in 2018 (Romania).

Actively takes part in concerts as a soloist and ensemble player in Ukraine (Sumy, Khmelnitsky, Odessa, Lviv) and abroad (Moldova, Bulgaria, Poland). Member of the "Exsultate" creative group; collaborates with "Open Opera Ukraine".
cello, Minsk, Belarus / Frankfurt, Germany
Ilona Les
Multi-instrumentalist, Master of Music. Graduated from the Belarusian Academy of Music in the class of cello (class of Natalia Shpenyova) and the Higher School of Music in Frankfurt am Main in the class of baroque cello (class of Professor Christine von der Goltz).

Ilona was a member of the Belarusian-Swedish improvisation project "Morph", an artist of the orchestra of the National Opera and Ballet Theater of Belarus, a soloist of the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society, a member of the Cinemascope project "Kinemo" — silent films and live music, actively collaborated with the Belarusian Union of Composers.

In recent years she has specialized in historical performance. She is currently studying viola da gamba (class of Heidi Gröger) and historical double bass at the Higher School of Music in Frankfurt am Main (class of Dane Roberts), and is actively involved in concert and teaching activities.

These people support the goals of the Initiative Group "Opera and Dialogue" and consider the development of socio-cultural projects in the Luhansk region to be necessary and important. If you consider it important to continue the project of the Belarusian-Ukrainian initiative group, please fill out this form. We appreciate your support!