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Courtesy photo    Lidiya Yankovskaya will conduct two Russian operas for Island City Opera this weekend.

Island City Opera has attracted St. Petersburg, Russia, native Lidiya Yankovskaya to conduct its latest pair of operas by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. 

Yankovskaya lives in Chicago where she works as the music director for the Chicago Opera Theater. She has joined the Island troupe for a special appearance this season.

Yankovskaya began her studies on piano at the Russian Specialized Music Schools and as a singer in the St. Petersburg Children’s Choir. 

She first performed as a conductor at age 17, when she lead her high school orchestra in the third movement of Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7. 

Yankovskaya and Island City Opera will present Kashchey the Immortal and Mozart and Salieri on two upcoming dates: tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 28, which is sold out. 

Friday’s showing is at 7:30 p.m. and includes a pre-opera lecture at 6:30. Sunday’s showing is at 2 p.m. with the lecture at 1. Both shows are at the Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. Tickets cost $40. 

For more information or to order tickets, visit islandcityopera.org, or call 263-8060.