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A moment with Anna Netrebko

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We sat down with opera singer, Anna Netrebko at the occasion of the release of her latest album, Verismo. Trusted friend of Chopard for many years, she shared with us exciting memories and some insights about the opera music.

You have been a trusted friend of Chopard for many years, what are your most exiting memories? What is your favourite collection? 

I have many wonderful memories with Chopard– we’ve done several events together including a charity concert in Geneva and post-opera gathering in New York. One of the most amazing pieces I’ve worn was a unique necklace for the 2014 Life Ball in Vienna– the body guard never left my side! As a staple, I love the circular earrings that all the same stone: diamonds, sapphires, or amethyst.

For those of our followers who are not familiar with your music, how do you describe what you do? 

I am an opera singer. We don’t have microphones or amplification in opera houses, so we have very strong technique to be heard. The training for this type of singing is developed over many, many years. In most cases, the music I perform is over 100 years old– it is always a beautiful challenge to bring these timeless pieces to life.

You have just released a new album, Verismo, what can you tell us about it? Have you planned a series of concerts?

The album is a preview of roles that I will be doing in the near future and working on adding to my repertoire. I will sing Manon Lescaut in New York this season; Tosca, Maddalena in Andrea Chénier, and Adriana Lecouvreur in future season; and maybe Turandot one day! My husband Yusif Eyvazov, who is featured on the album, and I will be touring internationally singing music from the album. We’ll be in Moscow, Paris, Calgary, Los Angeles, and more!

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New Museum on Underwater Archaeology opens in Mexico

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On December 5th 2017 the new Museum of Underwater Archaeology opened in the 18th century fortress of Reducto San Jose el Alto, in Campeche, Mexico.

The museum was designated by the 6th session of the Meeting of States Parties to the 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage as a Best Practice of access to underwater cultural heritage. It has been considered one of the most important in underwater archaeology in the Latin America and Caribbean Region by Xavier Nieto Prieto, Vice-President of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Body to the 2001 Convention (STAB) at the opening event, where Helena Barba and Michel L’Hour, also members of the STAB attended.

The Museum contains spectacular finds from Mexican cenotes and from historical shipwrecks as well as a collection that retraces all the Mexican history through the archaeological sites found under water. The Museum uses new technologies to reconstruct sites and is illustrated with different media platforms on the history of the discoveries.

Designed to preserve the underwater cultural heritage, the 2001 Convention seeks to promote public access to this heritage and to stimulate archaeological research. The Museum of Underwater Archaeology of Campeche is an example of how the submerged heritage can be shared with the society for its benefit and enjoyment.

The museum has also been evaluated as a Best Practice concerning Underwater Cultural Heritage by the STAB. The STAB is an Advisory Body compound of 12 experts elected by the Meeting of States Parties. It provides advice and assistance in technical matters in the national implementation of the 2001 Convention and in the observance of the Rules of its Annex in all activities directed at the underwater cultural heritage. The STAB recommended, during the 5th session of the Meeting of States Parties (2015), to promote examples of best practices worldwide. These initiatives include maritime heritage museums, scuba diving routes, virtual exhibitions, and other cultural activities.

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