2011 (Shirley Bassey and Lara Fabian - Their appearances at Mikhail Gorbachev's 80th Birthday Celebration)
Dame Shirley Bassey and Lara Fabian! In my opinion, these two vocalists were the highlight of Mekhail Gorbachev's 80th Birthday Celebration, which was held on March 30, 2011. These two ladies are separated by more than a generation, and they each possess different singing styles, vocal pitch, vibrato, and timber. But, what they have in common is talent to the extreme! The voices that these two ladies have come around once every few decades or so, at best!
ABOUT Mikhail Gorbachev:
Mikhail Gorbachev is one of the few people who can justify the label 'The man who changed the world'.
In March 2011, he will turn 80. Outstanding representatives of the world of culture, science, sport, entertainment and politics from around the globe will join together at the Royal Albert Hall 2011 to celebrate the life of the Nobel Peace Prize winner and transformational 20th Century figure. The evening will presented by special guests including Sharon Stone and Kevin Spacey.
This fantastic gala evening will bring together the greatest artists from East and West, who will perform unique duets on the Royal Albert Hall stage to honour Gorbachev's achievements. Together, they will celebrate the seven stages of Mr Gorbachev's life including his childhood, rise to high office, the reforms of Perestroika, his international peace efforts and the charitable work of the Gorbachev Foundation.
Artists currently confirmed to be performing at this event include:
Dame Shirley Bassey
Bolshoi and Mariinsky Soloists
Andrey Makarevich and Mashina Vremeni
A long list of high profile VIPS will attend the red carpet event including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Angela Merkel, the RT Hon Sir John Major and mayor Boris Johnson.
ABOUT Dame Shirley Bassey:
Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey, DBE (born 8 January 1937 in Cardiff, Wales), is a Welsh singer who starting in show business as a chorus girl back in 1953 at the age of sixteen. She found her own recording/singing fame in the late 1950s and has continued a successful career since then worldwide. She is best known for recording the theme songs to the James Bond films Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and Moonraker (1979), and is a UNESCO Artist for Peace. Ms. Bassey has always been known for and is still recognized for her powerful alto/mezzo-soprano combo voice, with an incredible 3.6 octave vocal range in full belting voice. She is the largest selling female recording artist in the UK and has sold between 135-140 million records worldwide. Shirley's last CD, 'The Performance' was released in 2009.
ABOUT Lara Fabian:
Lara Fabian (born Lara Crokaert, January 9, 1970) is a Belgian-Italian international singer who also holds Canadian citizenship. Multilingual, she sings in French, Italian and English. She has also sung in Spanish, Portuguese, Russian (e.g., "Любовь похожая на сон", or "Love Resembeling A Dream"), once in Hebrew on Israel's 60th Independence Day celebrations and in German in 1988 for a version of "Croire" (ger.: "glaub" eng.: "believe"), although she speaks neither language fluently. She also speaks a little Dutch (Flemish). She has sold over 18 million records worldwide so far. She is a lyric soprano with a vocal range that spans four octaves from E-flat 3 to G#6. She can belt up to A5.