1. Semen Hulak-Artemovsky, the famous Ukrainian composer and opera singer, was born in Horodyshche, Cherkassy region.
  2. He first displayed his talent to music in his childhood.
  3. Hulak-Artemovsky studied in Kyiv and sang in church choirs.
  4. In 1838 he got acquainted with M. Hlinka who influenced his future life greatly.
  5. It was M. Hlinka who helped him to become a famous opera singer in Petersburg.
  6. The vocal and acting skill of the singer grew with every new role.
  7. Hulak-Artemovsky mastered his singing in Italy and was invited to sing in the operas there.
  8. He began his activities as a composer in 1851.
  9. A tremendous success came to him when he created his opera A Cossack beyond the Danube.
  10. The opera reflects freedom-loving spirit of Ukrainian people.
  11. Semen Hulak-Artemovsky was a close friend of Taras Shevchenko.