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Šoralová to sing in Spain


Lucia Šoralová.
photo: Goran Tačevski

Singer Lucia Šoralová is leaving Slovakia for Spain, where she will sing the role of Joan of Arc. The Slovak singer, who spends most of her time in the neighbouring Czech Republic, will again perform the main role in the successful Czech musical, which is planning its first international tour. The show will feature most of the original cast and, on the demand of Spanish producers, star Lucia Šoralová. The first stop of the tour will be the town of Aviles in northern Spain in October. Then the show will tour towns of Alicante, Granade, Malage, Leone, Zaragoze, as well as 28 others, the TASR news wire reported.

The musical's book was translated by Gabriel Sopeňa, a professor of history at Zaragoze. The production was first staged with great success in the Ta Fantastika in Prague.

"Spanish is close to me, thus I do not have any problem with it. I have been learning the language intensively since March and am now able to communicate in it", Šoralová said.

The Slovak singer performed Joan of Arc in the Czech Republic for the last time more than three years ago. "I am looking very much to playing Joan again. It is not a musical, it is a blessing", she added.

Apart from preparations for Spain, Šoralová is working on a new project, the musical Golem. Its premiere, along with opening of the reconstructed theatre Hyberia in Prague, is planned for November. She will play and sing the main role, Rebecca.



Družina CD on World Music Chart


The Slovak band Družina, which plays modernized Slovak folk tunes, enjoyed a pleasant surprise when its latest album, Tragare, reached 12th place in the World Music Charts Europe out of a total of 192 nominations from around the whole globe.

"It is even more amazing that our previous album from 2004 placed eleventh in the same chart. Therefore, it is obvious it was not a fluke, as some envious people have claimed," Družina wrote on its web page.



Duran Duran are rocking their way to Bratislava.
photo: ČTK - AP

Duran Duran heads to Bratislava


Another world-famous band is heading to Bratislava. British group Duran Duran will perform in mid October.

Following the huge success of their world tour in 2004 and 2005 promoting their latest album, Astronaut, the five original band members announced in early September that they would take a short break prior to making a new album, during which they would kick off a tour of Eastern Europe. They will play in Bratislava's Expo Arena on October 15.



Bryan Adams to sing in Košice


Bryan Adams.
photo: AP

Canadian singer Bryan Adams is another world star set to thrill Slovak audiences. His concert is planned for Košice on November 22. Preliminary information indicates the singer/songwriter of such hits as Please forgive me, Everything I do, I do it for you and When you're gone will perform in the recently completed Steel Arena.

Adams has already sung in Slovakia. In April 2003, he performed in Bratislava's Incheba Expo Centre, where he gained the audience's love for his singing and spontaneity. A famous story from the concert involves Adams choosing a Slovak girl from the audience to sing When you're gone as a duet.


By Jana Liptáková

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