|Russian opera star and newly appointed Goodwill Ambassador Maria Guleghina (right) meets with Executive Director Ann M. Veneman at UNICEF headquarters in New York.|
NEW YORK, USA, 12 February 2009 – One of opera's most celebrated stars has joined forces with UNICEF to advocate for children's rights.
UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman yesterday appointed Russian soprano Maria Guleghina as UNICEF's newest Goodwill Ambassador. "Ms. Guleghina's acclaimed voice will deliver a truly powerful message on behalf of the world's children," she declared.
Ms. Guleghina has performed with the brightest stars at the world's greatest opera houses and is particularly noted for her interpretation of the title role in 'Tosca'. She is in New York to perform the title role in 'Adriana Lecouvreur' at the Metropolitan Opera, opposite Plácido Domingo
'To make a real difference'
Ms. Guleghina began her professional career at the State Opera in Minsk, and a year later made her La Scala debut as Amelia in 'Un Ballo in Maschera' under Maestro Gavazzeni, opposite Luciano Pavarotti.
Though she has just joined forces with UNICEF as an ambassador, Ms. Guleghina is a longtime advocate for children. Her humanitarian work includes charity concerts for the victims of the earthquake in Armenia, for children in Chernobyl, for students affected by the Beslan school killings and for street children in Moscow.
"To make a real difference to all children, we have to unite," said Ms. Guleghina. "I am thrilled to be working with UNICEF to help the children of the world who are impacted by poverty, hunger or caught in conflict – and whose voices must be heard."