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Placed: 19.07.2007 14:26:39

Famous opera singer Eva Tonin to give a benefit concert for Odessa Children Hospital

Concert of the famous American Soprano to take place in Odessa on July, 19, at 7 p.m. Eva Tonin aims to provide the children in Odessa Children Hospital with so needed cardio surgery to save their lives.

On July, 19, 2007,
the benefit “Favorite Opera Arias” vocal music concert will take place in Odessa Scientists Palace. Holding of the concert is assisted by Odessa City Council Culture and Arts Dept.
The concert will be featuring arias and duets performed by Eva Tonin – Soprano (USA, Canada) and Natalie Kuzma – Mezzo-soprano (Sevastopol, Ukraine). Larissa Khorolenko, Odessa State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater Concertmaster, International contests nominee is the Concertmaster of the event.
The Concert starts at 7 p.m.The event takes place at Odessa Scientists Palace, 4, Sabaneev Bridge.

The project is coordinated by Natalia Gorodetskaya, “White Moon” Art Gallery Director.

For extra information please contact:

+3 (8048) 723-83-70, 723-63-36.


American lyric coloratura Eva Tonin, Russian-born Antonina Levina, will perform live at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall on Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 7:30 PM to raise money for Gift of Life International — nonprofit organization administered for providing life-saving cardio surgery to the children throughout the world.

All the earnings from the concert will go to Gift of Life International, which offers desperately ill children chance at a new life with free lifesaving open-heart surgery offered to them regardless of race, gender, creed, or national origin. Surgery that they would not be able to afford, surgery that is not available in their home countries, surgery without which they will die. Danny Tomas once said “That a child should die before its time is simply unacceptable.”

Since 2004 soprano Eva Tonin has participated and organized herself over dozen benefit concerts for different causes. In October 2004 she sung at a Charity concert for victims of Beslan School hostage taking — that was her first benefit action. Now she aims to provide several Ukrainian children in Odessa Children Hospital with so needed cardio surgery to save their lives.

“Music has power to influence people towards good, especially classical music,” Eva Tonin says. “I thank God for the possibility He gave me to help those children. I learned about the Gift of Life at the funeral of one of the best young men I have ever known. This tragedy compelled his parents to save lives of as many children as they can. On March 23, 2007, Gift of Life International organized a fundraising event, where I had a privilege to meet its Chairman, Robert Donno, and doctors who perform the surgeries; I saw the pictures of those children who underwent surgeries, and many other people giving what they can for this cause: their time, their love. I was really touched, and there an idea about a benefit concert was born. Performing for such cause makes me sing differently, it is the best motivation for a great performance. It is a blessing to be able to not only provide audience with aesthetic pleasure, but to create real results changing the world for better.”

In the benefit concert for Odessa Children Hospital Eva Tonin — student of Anait Khamroian, a former soloist of Tbilisi Opera (Georgia) — will perform works by Mozart, Bellini, Donizetti, Gounod, Thomas, Delibes, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tosti, Pauline Viardot, and Menotti.

Soprano Eva Tonin — Antonina Levina, Russian-born American soprano, now living in Montreal, Canada, studied voice, musicology and composition at Kamchatka and Voronezh Colleges of Music from which she graduated with honour in 1990. Upon arrival to the USA, she decided to become a scientist. She received her B.S. in Biology in New York in 1997 and then graduated from McGill University in Montreal with a Master’s Degree in Molecular Genetics (2000), and then she received Diploma des Cicles Superiores in Bioinformatics from University of Quebec in Montreal (2002). During all that time, Eva sung alto and even tenor parts in church choir of Sts. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Cathedral.

Meeting with Anait Khamroian—a former soloist of Tbilisi Opera (Georgia)—in March 2004 brought Eva back into the world of music. Anait discovered Eva’s true voice: a lyric coloratura, and became her teacher and mentor. Eva was able once again to pursue her passion for singing. Since then she has performed at a wide variety of venues including the Chateau Dufresne, and Christ Church Cathedral in Montreal. Last summer, she gave a benefit solo recital for Gift of Life International in Odessa, Ukraine. In June 2006, Eva was chosen to sing the National Anthem at the opening of the Canada’s Multicultural Day Celebration at the Place Des Arts, Montreal. In July 2006, she took master classes with maestro Sergio Bertocchi (Centro Universale del Bel Canto, Vignola, Italy).

Eva is fluent in English, Russian, and French. She also studied Italian at the University of Quebec.

Gift of Life International, Inc. — nonprofit Tax-exempt Corporation administered to provide free lifesaving open-heart surgery to children suffering from heart disease and other similar or allied diseases, regardless of race, gender, creed or national origin, and who would otherwise lack access to such services. Since 1975 Gift of Life International has provided emergency heart surgery or treatment to more than 9,000 children from more than 70 countries including the United States, Ukraine, and Russia. Medical centers throughout the U.S., and in Middle East and Southeast Asia, are participating Gift of Life hospitals. Dedicated surgeons and nurses donate their skills to the cause.

Gift of Life International, Inc.
475 Northern Boulevard, Suite 25
Great Neck, NY 11021
Phone: 516-504-0830
Fax: 516-504-0828


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