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On May 29 an opera concert was performed at the Opera and Ballet National Academic Theatre for Europe Day 2018. The concert was organised by the EU Delegation to Armenia together with the A. Spendiaryan Opera and Ballet National Academic Theatre. Prior to the concert, the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, and the Director and Artistic Director of the National Opera and Ballet Academic Theatre, Constantine Orbelian, gave a press conference.

ARS_6303_Ambassador Świtalski was honoured to organise a concert with the theatre: ‘This is the cultural highlight of our Europe Day celebrations. We started on 11 May, travelled all across Armenia with our events, and now we are back in Yerevan. We are very happy that Maestro Orbelian agreed to cooperate with us. The fact that we have an opera evening is symbolic – opera is about love. The revolution of love that Armenia experienced recently fits very well’.

ARS_6335_Director Orbelian thanked the EU Delegation for the initiative: ‘Who can imagine European Opera Days without European Opera in Armenia? We will perform parts and arias of great European operas and operettas. We have wonderful soloists who will perform for us this evening. Because of the rainy weather we were obliged to come to the theatre, although the concert was initially planned as open-air’.

This year has been announced as the European Year of Cultural Heritage; Opera Europe has joined the celebrations, bringing performing arts through the launch of European Opera Days. This concert was an opportunity to promote classical music culture, remind that cultural heritage belongs to everyone, support Armenian opera, and promote European cultural heritage in Armenia by underlining Armenian and European cultural ties.

ARS_6563_Armenia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zohrab Mnataskanyan, attended the concert and made a speech: ‘Armenia continues to expand its ties with the European Union and EU member states. Significant developments have been taking place in our relations with the EU since last year’s celebration of Europe Day. The Armenia-EU Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) was signed in November 2017 and ratified by Armenia in April this year. It is not just a new legal instrument regulating relations between Armenia and EU, but an expression of partnership based on a common system of values. In February, we signed the EU-Armenia Partnership Priorities document which, along with CEPA, will function as the main guidelines for further development of bilateral cooperation. The new agreement is a unique development plan with its clear goals and timetable. Its successful implementation will have a profound impact on almost all areas of public life’.