As birthday approaches, opera icon Hvorostovsky keeps singing despite battling cancer
Oct16

As birthday approaches, opera icon Hvorostovsky keeps singing despite battling cancer

Russia’s star baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky plans to celebrate his birthday on October 16 at the Old Opera in Frankfurt, just after finishing cancer treatment. “Life is wonderful. I take each day as joy and as a victory. My voice sounds great,” proclaimed Hvorostovsky. He also added that during the course of his chemotherapy he sang every day. “Until the next treatment, I am working and will most likely keep working...

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Russian opera diva Anna Netrebko looking forward to making Bolshoi debut
Oct15

Russian opera diva Anna Netrebko looking forward to making Bolshoi debut

Russian opera singer Anna Netrebko is looking forward to her debut performance on the stage of Bolshoi Theater in the title role of Manon Lescaut on Sunday, October 16. “It is a great honor for me to perform at Bolshoi,” the opera diva told reporters on Friday. “It is a great theater, I had never even been there, and I am thrilled and in anticipation. Working there was great, all theater personnel helped, and of...

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Unwanted gods find new home in Hong Kong
Oct14

Unwanted gods find new home in Hong Kong

Tucked away on a coastal Hong Kong hillside is a different type of recycling point — here, thousands of unwanted statues of deities look out to sea, gathered and repaired after their owners discard them. Dedicated volunteer Wong Wing-pong attends to the colourful collection of figures which are perched on a rocky slope running down to the sea in the south of the city. Twice daily he sweeps away leaves and burns incense sticks as...

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Wonder Woman to be UN ambassador for women’s empowerment
Oct13

Wonder Woman to be UN ambassador for women’s empowerment

The United Nations is enlisting the super-powers of Wonder Woman for a new campaign to empower women and girls. The comic and television series heroine will be officially designated as the UN honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls during a ceremony attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on October 21. DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson will attend along with “surprise guests” — possibly...

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Russian Orthodox Center in Paris meant to be another Russia-France link
Oct11

Russian Orthodox Center in Paris meant to be another Russia-France link

The upcoming unveiling of the Russian Orthodox Cultural and Spiritual Center in Paris will be a new link connecting Russia and France, the head of the Coordinating Council of Russian Compatriots in France, Dimitri de Kochko, told TASS on Monday. “This is a major event, it attracts tremendous interest, and not only from the Russian community. The opening of the spiritual and cultural center has awoken an echo in the hearts of...

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