|Luciano Pavarotti, after listening to Victoria Lukyanets sing at a concert in Naples, said that her voice was so strong that it must have been heard in Capri. Victoria Lukyanets began singing at the age of four and did it so well that her parents, ordinary people of limited means, decided to do everything possible to help her become a professional singer, a star. At the age of 14, she became a student of Kyiv music school. At the age of 19 she got married, had a daughter, but continued her career of an opera singer. At the age of 26, she signed a contract with the Vienna Opera House, which is considered to be one of the leading opera houses in the world.She is good-looking, slim, persevering and determined to achieve whatever goal she sets before herself. She gets a lot of moral support from her family. Her husband and her brother are musicians too.The journalist Heorhiy-Hryhoriy Pylypenko talked to Mrs Lukyanets and to her mother, a teacher, and what follows is what they told him.|
|Says Alla Lukyanets, the singers mother:
When I was pregnant, I listened to classical music a lot, maybe thats how my daughter got her musical talent. I was so determined to encourage my daughter to develop this talent to the full that when she was getting married, I told her: if you quit professional singing, Ill renounce you. I never thought though shed make it so big, you know, singing on the stage of the Vienna State Opera is something Id never imagined could happen. But I can tell you that my daughter loved music from her early childhood. In fact, I loved music too, sang a little, but I grew up in a poor family and my parents could not afford to give me a musical education. So, I just listened to classical music on the radio, could do it for hours. I loved the sound of the violin. I was so eager to pass on to Victoria all the music inspirations that did not get realized in me. My husband was from the peasant stock but he liked music too, he could play the accordion. So, love of music must have been passed on to Victoria through the genes. I encouraged her to go to a music school. Incidentally, at school she majored in the piano playing, not singing. Her teachers said she could have made an excellent pianist. But she went into singing. Her husband is also a singer, he graduated from the Kyiv Conservatory of Music. Now he sings in the choir of the Vienna State Opera. If not for him, she would have never achieved what she actually has. He takes care of all the housework. My granddaughter Darusya lives with her parents in Vienna, shes fluent in three languages, like her mother. Its a great advantage. Victoria could have easily become a welcome figure in the Vienna high society, but she does not care for that. Which does not mean shes a recluse. Among the people shes acquainted with are Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli. Shes in the prime of her life and singing career, she turns her singing into real art, its not just a perfect skill.
I talked to Mrs Lukyanets in a chic make-up of room of the National Philharmonic Society of Ukraine and was pleasantly surprised by the accessibility, friendliness and sincerity of the prima donna.
Pylypenko: Mrs Lukyanets, how does it feel to be living in Vienna?
Pylypenko: You are a leading singer of the Vienna Opera. Do other
aspiring singers envy you? Have you already been called a diva?
Pylypenko: Do you get along with people you work with well?
Pylypenko: Tonight you were singing to the accompaniment of one of the
best chamber orchestras in the world. Whats so special about Roman Kofman as a
Pylypenko: When I listen to you sing, I cant help thinking about
Pylypenko: Yes, I understand, the technique of singing is very important. But
isnt the way you act on the stage of a great importance as well?
Pylypenko: Mrs Lukyanets, in spite of the fine dress youre wearing now,
its quite easy to visualize you in a T-shirt and jeans.
Pylypenko: Can I ask you a personal question?
Pylypenko: Do you make a lot of money?
Pylypenko: Mrs Lukyanets, when can we hope to see you next time in Kyiv?
Pylypenko: Will you give any charity concerts?
Pylypenko: Whats your favourite way of relaxation, Mrs Lukyanets?
Where do you go to have a rest?
On stage that night she was impeccable in everything. Her singing, her black dress, her diamonds. Shes indeed an Ukrainian diamond herself.