On 8 December 2010 the Year of France in Russia (and Russia in France) celebrations will be brought to an end by a big gala concert in which Paris Opera soloists will appear alongside members of the Bolshoi Ballet Company.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and French Prime Minister François Fillon are expected to attend the closing concert at the Bolshoi Theatre.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.