Macedonian baritone Boris Trajanov named UNESCO Artist for PeaceKoïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, will name Macedonian opera singer Boris Trajanov UNESCO Artist for Peace on February 24 during a ceremony at Organization Headquarters (Room I, 6.30 p.m.). Mr Trajanov will then give a recital, to be followed by a performance of folk dancing by the group Tanec.
Boris Trajanov receives the honour in recognition of his commitment to “defending humanist values and promoting dialogue among cultures and civilizations.” The baritone performed in more than 550 operas in Europe, America and Africa over the past 17 years and has played more than 35 leading roles, notably in Tosca, Nabucco, Rigoletto, Macbeth, Aïda, La Traviata, Madame Butterfly, Lucia di Lammermoor.
Born in 1959, Mr. Trajanov first studied with his father Goga Trajanov in Skopje, then with Biserka Cvejić in Belgrade and Pier Miranda Ferraro in Milan. Since 2001, he has given a series of benefit concerts to assist refugees from Bosnia-Herzegovina in Germany, to help the fight against lung cancer, handicapped children, orphans and organizations that combat Nazism and racism.
Joining the ranks of UNESCO Artists for Peace – they include the Russian conductor Valery Guerguiev, Japanese ballet dancer Miyako Yoshida, Cameroonian musician Manu Dibango and Croatian actor Relja Bašić – who use their talent to disseminate the Organization’s ideals.
His recital at UNESCO and the folk dancing that will follow are dedicated to the memory of Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski, who died in a plane crash in 2004.
The Tanechkoto folk dance troupe, celebrating its 55th birthday in 2005, will perform the Techkoto (“the difficult one”) dance, a farandole for sad occasions. The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has nominated this dance for this year’s Third Proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
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