Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Kyrgyzstan: Flash Mob Opera in Bishkek Supermarket

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Opera singer, disguised as a regular shopper, in Bishkek's Frunze supermarket
Kyrgyzstan may well be one of the world's least known countries.

Yet this tiny, alpine nation in which there are still more horses than cars, is well-worth exploring -  not only for its stunning panoramas and strong nomadic traditions.

Like other Central Asians, the Kyrgyz people are warm and hospitable. But it is the creative energy of young Kyrygz that is impressive. Fashion designers, artisans, jazz and rock musicians, classical and traditional performers freely experiment with ancient and contemporary forms.

In December 2015, performers from the National Kyrgyz Conservatory in Bishkek staged a flash mob opera in one of Bishkek's major supermarkets. Their goal was to advertise an upcoming free concert at the Conservatory.

Looking like regular shoppers and store employees, the singers suddenly burst into Libiamo ne` lieti calici from Verdi's La Traviata.

Shoppers were enthralled by this delightful event. I am sure, just like me, you would be happy to be regaled in this way at your next visit to the local supermarket.

Enjoy the 3-minute clip below. (If this does not appear on your device, please go directly to ).

Related posts:
Kancha - Design for Urban Nomads
6 Quirky Things About Kyrgyzstan
Manaschi - Bards of Kyrgyzstan
Tea with Bread and Jam – a Traveller’s Appreciation of the Finer Things in Kyrgyz Life