As co-chair with Prince Piotr Galitzine of the Moscow Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, I proud to host a reception for Russian-Austrian soprano Anna Netrebko on March 15.

The VIP reception was held in The Graham Room at the Civic Opera House, following Netrebko’s debut performance at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Guests were treated to wine, champagne and hors d’oeuvres, and the chance to meet Netrebko and stars of the Lyric.

The Moscow Committee is dedicated to spotlighting Russia’s immense contributions to the arts, and the reception was a wonderful way for Russians and Russian-Americans to come together and honor one of their national treasures.

Ms. Netrebko is considered a rising star among sopranos around the world. Born in Krasnodar, Russia, in 1971, she studied with conductor Valery Gergiev at the Mariinsky Theatre and made her operatic debut there at the age of 22. In 1995, at the age of 24, she made her America debut at the San Francisco Opera, and since then has received rave reviews on stages throughout the world including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, The Royal Opera House in London, La Scala, and the Vienna State Opera.