The Charms of Ukraine
The Dnieper is one of the major rivers of Europe rising in the Valdai Hills near Smolensk Russia before flowing through Belarus and Ukraine to the Black Sea. It is the longest river of Ukraine and Belarus and the fourth-longest river in Europe. The total length is approximately 2200 km (1400 mi) with a drainage basin of 504000 square kilometres (195000 sq mi). Historically the river was an important barrier dividing Ukraine into right and left banks. Nowadays the river is noted for its dams and hydroelectric stations. The Dnieper is an important navigable waterway for the economy of Ukraine and is connected via the DnieperBug Canal to other waterways in Europe.
The Odessa National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet is the oldest theatre in Odessa Ukraine. The Theatre and the Potemkin Stairs are the most famous edifices in Odessa. In the first decade of the 20th century the Kyiv Opera Theatre attracted the most outstanding Ukrainian and Russian singers including O. Petlyash P. Tsecevich K. Voronets M. Medvedev K. Brun O. Mosin and O. Kamionsky and famous opera stars from the West often came on tours. Several unusual for the time performances took place on the stage Die Walkure by Wagner Sadko by Rimsky-Korsakov and Mefistofele by Arrigo Boito.As Kyiv began to grow and with the conclusion of World War I the Kyiv Opera occupied a special place in the USSR and the world. The Kyiv Opera Theatre was considered to be one of the most prestigious in Ukraine and Russia. Kurt Adler was First Conductor from 1933-1935.
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