May 17, 2005

Mehriban Aliyeva attends golden wedding anniversary of Maestro Mstislav Rostropovich and Galina Vishnevskaya

President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva has attended in Moscow a ceremony to mark the 50th wedding anniversary of the world`s famous musician Maestro Mstislav Rostropovich and singer Galina Vishnevskaya.

Over 300 guests including Mehriban Aliyeva and her daughter Leyla, Queens of Spain and Netherlands, first lady of France, first Russian President Boris Yeltsin, Moscow city Mayor Yuriy Luzhkov have been invited to the Golden Wedding.

Prior to the ceremony, Mehriban Aliyeva had met with Russia`s first lady Lyudmila Putina. Their meeting held in a warm and sincere atmosphere focused on prospects of cultural cooperation between Azerbaijan and Russia.


The ceremony began in children school-theatre patronized by Mrs. Galina Vishnevskaya, and was continued in the Opera Art Center. With the concert completed, a reception was arranged at the restaurant Metropol, where the spouses first met in 1955.


Here Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva also had a conversation with the former President of Russia Boris Yeltsin and his wife, as well as People`s artist of USSR Mrs. Tamara Sinyavskaya and other guests.


On behalf of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, gifts specially made on this occasion - well-designed CD collections of Rostropovich and Vishnevskaya`s performances, and photo-albums displaying their unforgettable meetings in Baku - have been presented to the ceremony participants.