Irina Tosunyan

To Sing is to Live

# 1(38) 2012

Just like the legendary performers who have graced its stage since 1880, the best productions of the Metropolitan Opera can be counted on to be extraordinary.
This year’s celebrated gala opening night for the 2011-12 Season did not disappoint: the achingly beautiful Anna Bolena, by Italian maestro Gaetano Donizetti, was selected for the honor of this season’s premiere at the
world-famous American opera house. A Russian cast dominated the stage: Anna Netrebko, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ekaterina Gubanova occupied the three title roles.
Broadcast live in HD on opening night, the production’s success, as confirmed by numerous critics as well as opera aficionados worldwide, was immediate. On a side note, this year Russia has also joined the global community of countries which can now enjoy the illustrious series known simply as The Met: Live in HD.

Aglaya Lvova

The Golden voice of the Silver age

# 35 2011

Vertinsky Alexander Nikolayevich – Russian singer-chansonnier, poet, composer, and actor. B. in Kiev March 21 (April 2 acc. to the Julian calendar); d. in Leningrad

May 21, 1957; buried on the Novodevichye Cemetery in Moscow.
I was walking along

Isaakiyevskaya, past Astoria hotel and it brought to mind the whole slew of various associations and names: Leo Tolstoy, Bulgakov, Ranevskaya, Vysotsky, Prince of Wales, Jack Nicholson, Mick Jugger, Isadora Duncan, Alain Delon, Lollobrigida, Luciano Pavarotti, Marcello Mastroianni, Pierre Cardin…..

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