Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Musicians Without Borders: Inspired By Husband's Performances In Sarajevo, Galina Vishnevskaya Mentors Young Singers In Grozny, Chechnya

"Galina Vishnevskaya, a famous opera singer [and wife of world renowned cellist and conductor, Mstislav Rostropovich], attended a concert of young singers in Grozny, Chechnya.

"I have visited many nations of the world but I have not seen such talented kids anywhere. I have no regrets that I came to your republic," she said.

Vishnevskaya said she wanted to help children with a talent for singing: "They will receive professional recommendations for their further career."

Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen government, expressed his profound gratitude to the singer for her visit. "I am glad that such respected people come to our republic and say sincere things in the address of Chechens. This proves to us once again that peace and order reign now in the Chechen republic," Kadyrov said."

Interfax News Agency "Opera singer Vishnevskaya visits Chechnya" July 18, 2006

Grozny, Chechnya

Photo credit: Convoi syndical pour la Tchétchénie -- Picture Gallery. With thanks.


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