Monday, July 6, 2015

Ljuba Kazarnovskaya Gets Blacklisted By Azerbaijan Foreign Minister

"'Lyubov [sic] Kazarnovskaya has violated Azerbaijan’s law on 'State border' and illegally visited our country’s territories occupied by Armenia,' Foreign Ministry spokesman Hikmat Hajiyev told APA-Economics while commenting on illegal visit of Russian opera-singer Lyubov Kzarnovskaya to Azerbaijan’s occupied territories. According to him, this person will be added into the list of “undesired persons” as a result of relevant investigation: 'Kazarnovskaya’s speeches in Azerbaijan’s occupied territories promote Armenia’s aggression and occupation against Azerbaijan, bloody ethnic cleansing committed against Azerbaijanis in the occupied territories and Armenia, while the art figures should serve peace and truce. Speaking about establishment of Music Center in the occupied territories, Kazarnovskaya must know that as a result of aggression of Armenia against Azerbaijan and barbarism committed in the occupied territories, Azerbaijani people’s material and cultural heritage, as well as Karabakh music school underwent destruction and devastation.'" [Source] Read more about the soprano, watch a performance and interview, after the jump.

Ljuba (Ljubov) Kazarnovskaya (born 18.07.1956) is a Russian operatic soprano who has sung leading roles in opera houses around the world. She has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, and Naxos Records, amongst others. She has her own music show on Russian television and a weekly one-hour radio program, 'Vocalissimo', on Radio Orphej. Ljuba Kazarnovskaya was born in Moscow and trained at the Gnessin State Musical College and the Moscow Conservatory. She made her professional debut in 1981 as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin at the Stanislavsky Opera Theatre. After singing leading roles at that theatre as well as the Bolshoi Theatre and the Mariinsky Theatre, she made her international opera debut in 1990 at the Salzburg Festival. Earlier that year she made her US debut as the soprano soloist in the Boston Symphony Orchestra's performance of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 14. Between 1991 and 1992, Kazarnovskaya made her house debuts at the Royal Opera House in London, the Vienna State Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Her Metropolitan Opera debut was on 26 December 1992 as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin. She sang the role in three performances that season and returned there in the 1994 season when she sang Desdemona in Otello and Nedda in Pagliacci. [Source]

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