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Turkey’s cultural capital Istanbul is set to host Puccini’s grand opera La Boheme and a performance by internationally renowned Spanish tenor Placido Domingo

Turkey’s cultural capital Istanbul is set to host Puccini’s grand opera La Boheme and a performance by internationally renowned Spanish tenor Placido Domingo

- Russian drama Leviathan hits Turkish theaters

Russian-made 2014 drama “Leviathan” which won Best Foreign Language Film award at the Golden Globes last week, will hit Turkish theaters on Jan. 16.

The gripping movie was the closest competitor to Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s drama “Winter Sleep” at last year’s Cannes Film Festival for the Palme d’Or.

The 140-minute movie won the Best Screenplay award at Cannes.

The drama centers a villager and his family’s fight against a corrupt mayor in contemporary Russia.

The Oscar-shortlisted movie is the fourth film by Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev after his 2003’s “Return,” 2007’s “The Banishment” and 2011’s “Elena.”

British newspaper The Guardian’s cinema critic Peter Bradshaw praised the movie, describing it as: “a mix of Hobbes, Chekhov and the Bible, and full of extraordinary images and magnificent symmetry.”


-  Spanish tenor to perform in Istanbul

Turkey’s culture capital is ready to host Spanish tenor Placido Domingo’s first concert in the city on Jan. 19 at the Ulker Sports Arena.

Domingo is also known as one of “The Three Tenors,” along with Spanish singers Jose Carreras and Italian legend Luciano Pavarotti during their 90s and 2000s performances.

Placido Domingo has been performing since the age of 16.

The Istanbul performance will be the first concert in the city by the 73-year-old tenor.

Domingo has been described by international media as “the king of opera,” and “the greatest operatic artist of modern times,” according to his official website.

“As of the end of 2013, he had sung 3,687 performances of 144 roles, in addition to having conducted 526 performances and made numerous recordings.”


- American band comes to Turkey’s largest city

American indie rock band Low will be performing at Istanbul’s Salon IKSV concert hall on Jan. 20 and 21.

The Minnesota-based band was formed in 1993 by Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker and later joined by pianist-bassist Steve Garrington.

The band music is mainly characterized as “slow-core” as a result of their bleak lyrics and minimalist arrangements.

The trio released their tenth album “The Invisible Way,” in 2013.


- La Boheme to be performed in Istanbul

An international team will stage Italian composer Puccini’s grand opera La Boheme for four nights during January in Istanbul.

Zorlu Center will host the group on Jan. 18, 20, 22 and 24.

A London Royal Opera Company production, La Boheme “re-creates Paris in the 1830's, from the lively Latin Quarter to the drafty attic where impoverished artists live hand-to-mouth,” says a the Zorlu Center.

Turkey’s renowned conductor Cem Mansur will be leading the local orchestra during the performance.


- Turkey’s Nobel-winning author to sign books

Turkey’s Nobel-prize-winning writer Orhan Pamuk will attend a book signing event in Istanbul, the second since his December book release after almost 15 years.

The event will take place at Istanbul’s Kanyon Shopping Mall on Saturday between 14:30 and 16:30.

Pamuk, who in 2006 became Turkey's first writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, released his book six years after his last novel, “A Strangeness in My Mind,” which will be translated into English in 2015.

“The novel tells the story of the city’s development, newcomers ... and the daily life of Istanbul,” said Istanbul native Pamuk.

The 62-year-old novelist’s books have been translated into 62 languages and have sold more than two million copies worldwide, according to his publisher.

His books “My Name Is Red” and “Snow” became the most translated and read Turkish works in history.


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