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  Performance of the G. Verdi Requiem, March 15, 2013

2013 for Abkhazia is the year of the 20th anniversary of the Victory of the people in the Patriotic War, 1992-1993

March 15, 1993 is one of the most tragic pages of the history of this war. It is the day of the beginning of the operation to liberate Sukhum which was not successful. The Abkhazian military could not breach defenses of Georgian troops and develop the attack to the capital. On March 17 and 18 bloodshed battles were held. On March 18 Abkhazian troops were pulled back to their positions with enormous losses. Then 222 soldiers of the Abkhazian army were killed, a few hundreds were wounded and 23 people were missed.

Performance of the G. Verdi Requiem was dedicated to this sad day and the memory of all victims of the Patriotic war. It was held on March 15 in the R. Gumba Abkhazian State Philharmonic Hall.

The idea to perform the Requiem in Abkhazia belongs to Alisa Gitsba, a soloist of Moscow Helicon Opera Theater.

“We open a series of concerts devoted to the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Victory by performance of the Requiem. But the Victory is not just a joy. It is given at the expense of human lives and full of grief of the living. The Requiem is devoted to the memory of victims of this war among which we reckon killed soldiers and the people who became innocent victims and the people who survived losing their relatives and friends. Requiem aetemam… Never forget! We remember, commemorate them and devote the beautiful, powerful, bright music of great Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi”. This is an address of Alisa Gitsba to the Abkhazian people.

The Requiem was presented by two symphonic orchestras, two wonderful choruses and four soloists. Sochi Municipal Symphonic Orchestra and State Chamber Orchestra of the Republic of Abkhazia accompanied to the Choral Singing Academic Big Chorus accompanied. Alisa Gitsba, Lyudmila Borisova, Nazhmiddin Mavlyaev, and Maxim Paliy were soloists of the concert. Oleg Soldatov was a conductor. The concert was held in the limits of the Cultural Seasons project Russia-Abkhazia, organizers of the performance of the singers in Sukhum. The government of the Republic of Abkhazia, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Abkhazia, and the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Commission for celebrating of the 20th anniversary of the Victory in the Patriotic War of the Abkhazian people, 1992-1993 were organizers of performances.


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