Anna Netrebko (1971- ), famous Russian operatic soprano
Yuri Nikolaevich Netrebko, the father of opera star Anna Netrebko, hopes that she and her future husband shall be married in an Orthodox ceremony in one of the churches of Krasnodar. “Anna has usually agreed with me. We hope that the wedding shall take place in the St Ilya parish in Krasnodar, where Anna was baptised”, he stated in an interview published on Wednesday in the newspaper Tvoi Den (Your Day). At present, Ms Netrebko is busy with preparations for the opera film L’Bohème. She is teaching her fiancé, the Uruguayan baritone Erwin Schott, how to speak Russian. “They should be free in a little while, and then, along with me and our guests in the church watching, they should be crowned as man and wife”, Mr Netrebko said. Recently, it became known that the singer, who now lives in Austria, is two months along in her pregnancy.
6 February 2008
Archbishop Anastassy of Kazan and Tartarstan giving an interview to the press
A department of the Kazan Spiritual Seminary for girls opened today in Kazan after reconstruction was completed. An article Tuesday in Nenavisimaya Gazeta noted that this is the first such institution for women opened in Tartarstan since 1917. At first, some 60 students shall study theology, home economics, embroidery (including work with gold thread), iconography, and church singing. Preparations for the beginning of classes on 1 September 2008 are underway now. Archbishop Anastassy of Kazan and Tartarstan said, “The Kazan Diocese has a serious shortage of professionally-trained personnel. This shortage is especially serious where female staff is concerned. There is a particular lack of psalomchiki (church readers) and choir directors”. Until recently, the only seminary department for girls in the region was at Nizhniy Novgorod, and many students from Kazan did not return to their home diocese after completing their studies.
5 February 2008