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ROME, October 15 (Itar-Tass) — The Italian capital hosted “the Russian Ball” during the Russian Culture Year in Italy.
Several hundreds of Italian and Russian businessmen, politicians, diplomats, men of culture and scientists as well as representatives of aristocratic families gathered for the charity dance event. All collected funds from the sale of tickets for this event as well as donations will be handed over for he needs of children’s establishments and hospitals in Russia. It is not by chance that the Italian Red Cross acted as one of sponsors.
The guests were entertained by soloists of the Bolshoi Theatre – Andrei Merkuryev and Marianna Ryzhkina, stars of the world opera stage – tenor Dmitry Korchak and mezzo-soprano Larisa Andreyeva as well as world champion in ball dancing Yekaterina Vaganova. The Italian Symphonic Orchestra was conducted by fine arts director of the Moscow Musical Theatre named after Stanislavsky and Nemorovich-Danchenko Feliks Korobov.
The ball was umpired by Italian TV star and winner of “the Miss Italy-2004” contest Christine Ciabotto, and Russian TV umpire Leonid Pletnev, chairman of the committee of the Professional League of the Russian Dance Union. He also acted in the role of the main manager of the ball where debutantes were naturally the main characters.
Along with classic ball dances – polonaise from the opera “Eugene Onegin” by Peter Chaikovsky and “the Waltz of Flowers” from the ballet “Nutcracker”, the dance programme was also graced with foxtrots, accompanied by the Jazz Orchestra named after Oleg Lundstrem.
The main sponsors of the Roman ball were companies Red Carpet Group and Elizabeth Smagin-Melloni, heading the committee “Vienna Ball in Moscow”, who has a ten-year experience in preparing such events, including in Vienna. The event was co-sponsored by the Russian embassy in Italy, the Italian Red Cross and the Rome Townhall as well as Roman show of fashions “Alta Roma Alta Moda”.
Starting this year, it is planned to stage annually “Russian Ball” in the Eternal City.