Friday, April 20, 2018

Falstaff in Istanbul Süreyya Opera House


Falstaff By Guiseppe Verdi

Playing At Istanbul Süreyya Opera House



The Istanbul State Opera and Ballet began to play on stage Guiseppe Verdi’s last masterpiece “Falstaff” opera. Your writer had no ticket on the last night, so he waited at the entrance of Süreyya opera on the evening of April 13 and purchased two tickets from an opera watchers group at the last minute.
The opera was based on William Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and “Henry IV”. Giuseppe Verdi’s last masterpiece” Falstaff “premiere started at the Kadikoy Sureyya Opera Theater on Saturday, April 7th.
The librettos of Falstaff, were written by Arrigo Boito. The opera was first performed in Milan in 1893. It is first on stage on our homeland. There is no overture music. The curtain opens and we find ourselves suddenly in the flow of events.
The work is known as one of the world’s toughest operas in terms of staging and musical work. the theme is in the 14th century England. Fatty Falstaff is one of the most entertaining characters created by Shakespeare. He is married and tries to seduce two good friends Alice Ford and Meg Page at the same time.
While writing the opera, Guiseppe Verdi, was deeply influenced by German composer Wagner. There are no easy-to-remember Italian melodies in this opera. The only melody you can mumble with is only in the last act. The opera is over and you are leaving the final curtain mumbling.
Renato Bonajuto is the stage director of the work. Opera is performed in Italian. Conductors Roberto Gianola and Can Okan alternate with the orchestra. The choreographer is Paolo Villa. Decor design by Efter Bronze, costume design by Ayşegül Alev, light design realized by Yakup Çartık.
Işık Belen, Kevork Tavityan, Caner Akgün, Alper Göçeri, Murat Güney, Caner Akın, Ahmet Baykara, Çağrı Köktekin, Can Reha Gün, Engin Yavuz, Göktuğ Alpaşar, Ali Haydar Taş, Şebnem Ağrıdağ, Ayşe Sezerman, Deniz Yetim, Dilruba Akgün, Özgecan Gençer, Sevim Zerenaoğlu, Aylin Ateş , Deniz Likos, Nesrin Gönüldağ, Barbora Fritscher Hitay, Elif Tuğba Tekışık, are performing alternately in this opera.
We see four beautiful young women on stage. Farsifall character was performed unique. The male characters were playing with great fun. The staging was brought to the end of the 19th century. Decor was balanced, with room wide open for play, the costumes were beautifully designed. At the last act, stage was very crowded.
We understand that the work has been rehearsed hard, nothing to leave to improvise during the staging. Each mimic, motion, play was very carefully pre-tailored.
The Falstaff opera is being performed on 10, 11, 13, 14, 21, 24 and 25 April. At the entrance gate you may always purchase a return ticket. In Süreyya opera, an incredibly beautiful work is staged and it is absolutely recommended to watch.


Ankara, 14 April 2018
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Haluk Direskeneli, is a graduate of METU Mechanical Engineering department (1973). He worked in public, private enterprises, USA Turkish JV companies (B&W, CSWI, AEP), in fabrication, basic and detail design, marketing, sales and project management of thermal power plants. He is currently working as freelance consultant/ energy analyst with thermal power plants basic/ detail design software expertise for private engineering companies, investors, universities and research institutions. He is a member of ODTÜ Alumni and Chamber of Turkish Mechanical Engineers Energy Working Group.

https://www.operabale.gov.tr/

This article is written for "EurasiaReview" web page.






Wednesday, April 11, 2018

La Forza Del Destino, Opera by Giuseppe Verdi



"La Forza Del Destino" (The Power of Fate)
Opera by Giuseppe Verdi in İzmir Alhambra Opera Theater
The four-act "La Forza Del Destino" (The Power of Fate) opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi's was ordered by the Petersburg palace orchestra. World premier was in Bolshoi Kamenny theater in Saint Petersburg in 1862, later in 1877 in Istanbul and in 1964 in Ankara State Opera. The story tells of the Inca man who fell in love with a beautiful girl of a aristocrat, beginning with the desire to kidnap the girl and ending tragically. Written in Spanish as a theater work, it has become an opera masterpiece with dramatic fiction. The music is amazingly beautiful.
During the 2018-2019 season, this opera will be on stage in England's "Royal Opera House". The main roles are played by Anna Netrebko and Jonas Kaufmann.
This magnificent opera will now be performed at 03 (Premier) - 05-12- 14 May 2018 on the Izmir Alhambra opera house.
Orchestra Conductor is Tulio Gagliardo, Stage Director Avin Atik.
In the Leonore role, Burçin Çiligir, Nur Ayşe Tek and Feryal Türkoğlu will alternate to the stage. Don Carlo di Varga, will be played by Nejad Begde, Ibrahim Gökhan Tamer Peker, and Don Alvaro character by Lorenzo Mok Arranz, Oguz Cimen, Levent Gündüz and Aydın Uştuk.
This magnificent performance would not be missed. Audiences are already flying from Ankara and Istanbul to Izmir for this opera.
Tickets at the Izmir Alhambra show are on sale online at 10:00 am one month in advance. After the box office sales, there is not much room left in the internet ticket. The tickets are sold on the same day. If you go to Opera-Ballet ticket box office in the morning, you can get your ticket directly between 09-10 hours in the morning with cash money or credit card.
Ankara, 11 April 2018
This article is written for "Odtu Alumni Bulletin".





Monday, March 26, 2018

Turkey: We need to clarify the actual installed power



Today, we will bring important figure to the energy market employees. The recently announced installed power generation is 85,200 megawatts. We have peak figure - as of August 2017 - it is around 49-50 thousand MWe. The national grid system is having difficulties in supply electricity in case of local demand above 50,000 MWe. One other calculation is as follows. As of 2017, Turkey generated 300 billion Kwh electricity. If you divide that figure into total number of hours per year (8760 hours), you get an average figure of 34 thousand MWe.
There are thermal power plants that have not been operated in 85.200 MWe. There are power plants that have not generated electricity at all for the last 9-10 years. There are hydroelectric power plants which are not in operation.
There are solar power plants operating at 2500 hours a year and wind farms operating at 3000 hours a year. Availabilities of these plants are low but they are added in full capacity in installed power.
Idle power plants are not deducted from inventory list. What is the reason? Those public workers on official duty do not talk, but retirees are commenting. A long and fruitless procedure is required. Decision of political will, official decree is required for deduction.
Hopa thermal power plant has not been in operation for the last 10 years. Tunçbilek Thermal Power Plant's 1-2 units have not been in operation for the last 15 years and it is doubtful that they will be able to work after that. Two units of Afşin-A Thermal Power Plant have not been working for the last 10 years. Other units do not reach to full capacity. Afşin-B Thermal Power Plant repair is completed after the fire during maintenance.
Hamitabat old 1154 MWe combined cycle thermal power plant is not running and do not operate at full load. It does not work at all because a new plant has been rebuilt nearby from scratch and is on. But the old one still appears on the installed power list.
If you collect the power of power plants that are not working or are not taken out of inventory because of the prolonged procedure, you are doing a great miscalculation. When talking about the total installed capacity, you take into account this situation, you need use actual figures.
The same situation also had used for visible- total proven coal reserves in Turkey. Fortunately, the actual proven capacity figure was finally corrected by the responsible public organization.
International companies, international organizations (World Bank, International Energy Agency IEA, especially the US DOE and EIA) interested in our market make this improvement for us.
They keep our installed power in more realistic numbers. We hope that we will make the necessary corrections in the near future, and we will not continue to mislead ourselves, we will be realistic.



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Haluk Direskeneli, is a graduate of METU Mechanical Engineering department (1973). He worked in public, private enterprises, USA Turkish JV companies (B&W, CSWI, AEP), in fabrication, basic and detail design, marketing, sales and project management of thermal power plants. He is currently working as freelance consultant/ energy analyst with thermal power plants basic/ detail design software expertise for private engineering companies, investors, universities and research institutions. He is a member of ODTÜ Alumni and Chamber of Turkish Mechanical Engineers Energy Working Group.

This article is written for "EurasiaReview" web site release.

Ankara March 26, 2018



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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Isaac Asimov was right



There is a futuristic comment made by Russian-born American science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov (1920-1999) in his story titled "The Feeling of Power (1958)". People will get used to computing machines, devices, and calculators in such a distant future that they will eventually forget 4-simple math operations. During a galactic war, all of these devices will disappear, in the end they will "reverse engineer" and find it again in time. In the year 1958 this story was released, there were no computers, no calculators.
In the past week, in one of Turkey's leading a major university engineering faculties, the graduate students are entering an exam.
Their professor forbids to use iPhone and all simple calculators.
"You can answer all the questions with normal 4-simple math operations, put only 2 digits after the comma, and write the answer"
The exam is over, the papers are collected. Professor reads the exam papers, only two people in a class of 30 people can make the proper math transactions. Most of them can only do addition and subtraction, but not multiplication and division. This is not only in Turkey. It is also valid in many other countries, since people forget to make basic calculations and concentrate their attention to upper level problems.
When I finished school and started to work, there was only a simple 4-operation calculator in the office. We used each other in turn. Later in 1984, while working for a private company in the marketing department, there was no calculator. He made all the steam boiler calculations manually on paper. I asked the Boss once for a calculator, he refused to buy. He did not get me a calculator, but there was a big screen workstation on his desk, he did not know how to use. You can still make 4-simple math operations with your pencil on a sheet of blank paper, right?
Ankara March 25, 2018
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Haluk Direskeneli, is a graduate of METU Mechanical Engineering department (1973). He worked in public, private enterprises, USA Turkish JV companies (B&W, CSWI, AEP), in fabrication, basic and detail design, marketing, sales and project management of thermal power plants. He is currently working as freelance consultant/ energy analyst with thermal power plants basic/ detail design software expertise for private engineering companies, investors, universities and research institutions. He is a member of ODTÜ Alumni and Chamber of Turkish Mechanical Engineers Energy Working Group.

This article is written for "EurasiaReview" web site release.


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Giselle Ballet




"Giselle" Ballet at Ankara Opera Ballet Theater

The two-act "Giselle" ballet music was composed by Adolphe Adam. Giselle Ballet was first performed in Salle de Palatier in Paris in 1841.
It was a sensational success in the premiere night, and then has been replayed in Europe, America and Russia for years. The ballet has been performed in the Ankara Conservatory repertoire since 1964. It is also on stage in Istanbul, AKM, Süreyya and Zorlu PSM venues as modern and classical. Ballet depicts a romantic love story.
The "Classic" Jean Coralli- Jules Perrot choreography will be on again in Ankara. This beautiful ballet will take place on the Ankara Opera Ballet stage on 24 (Premier) - 29 - 31 March 2018, and 14 - April 2018.
Conductors are Bujor Hoinic and Kartum Hoinic. Stage director is Zeynep Sunal Ongün. In the Giselle character, the three magnificent ballerinas of Ankara Ballet will be on the stage, alternating between Özge Başaran, Mine İzgi and Sultan Hinge.
Zorba, Harem, Frida, Bach / Alaturka Danzon and Nutcracker ballets will be on stage in Ankara opera house in this season.
Tickets are on sale online at 10:00 a.m. a month earlier.
After the box office sales, there is not much room left in the internet ticket. On the day of the sale the tickets were consumed within the same day. If you go to Opera-Ballet in the morning, you can get your ticket directly from 09-10 in the morning with cash money or credit card.
This article is written for "Odtu Alumni Bulletin". Ankara, 20 March 2018

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