Thursday, February 23, 2006

Kirov presents smooth 'Parsifal' -

Kirov presents smooth 'Parsifal' - "One name you won't find on the programs for the Kirov Opera's Kennedy Center residency this year -- the fourth in a decade-long association -- is Alberto Vilar, the one-time billionaire money manager and super-philanthropist who pledged tens of millions to arts organizations around the world.

The Kirov deal is just one of many projects that Vilar did not fully fund, even before his arrest last year on various fraud charges. Gergiev was one of only a handful of Vilar beneficiaries to come to his aid, contributing $500,000 toward his bail."

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