Center Stage: Kazan’s Legendary Opera Star, Fyodor Shalyapin (VIDEOS)

Center Stage: Kazan’s Legendary Opera Star, Fyodor Shalyapin (VIDEOS)

A MIR traveler shares a video of a Trans-Siberian highlight: Kazan, Tatarstan, home to Russia' legendary opera star, Fyodor Shalyapin, with a concert from his repertoire. Famous for his portrayal of Boris in Mussorgsky's opera, "Boris Gudonov," Shalyapin also sang folk songs, including a 1902 recording of "Song of the Volga Boatmen" that skyrocketed him to fame, earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Read More


Just an Old Sweet Song: Georgian Polyphonic Singing (VIDEOS)

Just an Old Sweet Song: Georgian Polyphonic Singing (VIDEOS)

Singing is important in the South Caucasus country of Georgia – as important and as ubiquitous as the fantastic food, great wine and heartfelt toasts that the country is famous for. Here are some video samples of folk songs and chants from different regions of Georgia. Read More