FROM ROME: Keep in touch with the Italian opera and classical music scene by reading Giuseppe Pennisi's regular reports.
VIDEO PODCAST: Women Composers - Our special hour-long illustrated feature on women composers includes contributions from Diana Ambache, Gail Wein, Hilary Tann, Natalie Artemas-Polak and Victoria Bond.
Ukrainian composer and conductor Ivan Fedorovych Karabits was born in Yalta on 17 January 1945 and studied with Borys Lyatoshynsky and Myroslav Skoryk at the Kyiv Conservatory, where he later taught.
Karabits was conductor of the Kyiv Camerata and the Kyiv Military District Dance Ensemble. He wrote music for various combinations of instruments, including voice, solo piano, voice and piano, and orchestra.
Karabits died in Kyiv on 20 January 2002, aged fifty-seven. His son Kirill Karabits is also a conductor.
CD Spotlight. War and Peace - Music by Karabits and Silvestrov, heard by Howard Smith. 'Another enterprising feather in Naxos' richly plumaged cap.'