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September 30, 2022

Mariana Nicolesco at UNESCO Summit in Paris

UNESCO’s annual summit has raised for discussion numerous issues that are revealing for the civilisational issues facing humanity – the environment, violence and education. Thus, French savant Jean Malaurie, a world-renowned anthropologist, asks today’s society to examine the way of life of several ignored remote populations, so-called primitive societies that nevertheless offer models of social harmony that could save today’s world. Just as applauded was the intervention of soprano Mariana Nicolesco, who was given the honour of opening the session and to whom the UNESCO Director General paid special homage.

“Dear friends, the Hariclea Darclee International Canto Festival and Competition that I created in 1995 in order to honour the memory of the legendary soprano for whom Puccini composed Tosca, Mascagni composed Iris and Catalani composed La Wally, celebrates this summer 20 years of wonderful successes. As I was saying at our summit last year, my credo is that nothing gets people closer together than canto. My presence in China, as member of the jury of that country’s International Canto Competition, has started a phenomenon that strengthens my convictions and that has surpassed any imagination,” Mariana Nicolesco stated.

“After this visit all sopranos in China want to sing Verdi’s La Traviata, Violetta being a role I have performed for over two hundred times all over the world. In China, hundreds of young talents took part in a selection at the end of which around thirty competitors will join their colleagues from other countries who signed up for this edition, taking to 2,500 the number of young talents that have so far come to Braila from 50 countries on 5 continents. This is how I understand to honour the High UNESCO Patronage and the title of UNESCO Artist for Peace that was conferred to me,” the famous Romanian soprano added.





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