Fund news


27 March 2017

On March 31 in Kyiv, in Ukrainian National Opera named after Taras Shevchenko, a premiere of Tosca, opera by Giacomo Puccini, will take place. The premiere is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations established between Ukraine and Italy and to the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome (Treaty establishing the European Economic Community).

A special partner of the premiere is Zenko Foundation. Cultural diplomacy as one of the ways to enhance social and cultural cooperation is a priority for the foundation’s development.


Tosca is among the most famous works by Giacomo Puccini. For more than 100 years it has been one of the most popular operas in the theatres all over the world. The libretto was written based on a play with the same title by Victorien Sardou, and at the moment of opera’s premiere, in 1900, the tragic story of Floria Tosca the singer was well-known to the public, as the lead role in a stage production was played by Sara Bernard. The premiere productions of the opera also featured celebrities. The lead part was then given to Hariklea Darkle, a legend of opera art considered one of the most popular soloists of the time.

On March 31, at the Ukrainian premiere, Tosca’s part will be performed by a contemporary opera star Lyudmila Monastyrskaya – a Ukrainian singer who successfully performed in Berlin opera, Metropolitan Opera, and La Scala. The lead male part in Tosca has been given to Valter Borin, a well-known Italian tenor.