RBCA was thrilled to stage Russian Rhapsody 2012 at the House of Russia in Russia.Park, the official Russian house in London during the Olympic Games on 9 August 2012. The unique venue, as well as the extraordinary atmosphere of London during the unforgettable summer of sport, meant that this year’s Russian Rhapsody was especially memorable.
Russian Rhapsody is firmly established as an extraordinary evening of charity, music and fine dining. Since it was first established in 2002, it has delivered a glittering array of top class musicians to some of London most prestigious venues. It has always been truly Russian in both spirit and scale and is now a well-respected cultural event, frequented by Russians and guests from around the world.
The event in 2012 continued the tradition of showcasing Russia’s finest musical talent with a mesmerising operatic performance during dinner by internationally-renowned soprano Aida Garifulina. As well as performing in the great opera houses of the world, and for numerous Heads of State including three Russian presidents (Boris Yeltsin, Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin), Aida is also no stranger to global sporting events, having starred at the Closing Ceremony of the XXVI World Student Games in Shenzhen (China) in 201 and in her role as Ambassador for the 2013 Universiade Games in Kazan in 2013. During the evening, guests generously donated to the official Russian Rhapsody 2012 charity, the Ya Est Foundation. The Foundation, which plays an active and vital role in the lives of thousands of Russian children with autism and special needs, was introduced to guests at Russian Rhapsody by the charity’s founders, Russian A-list actors Yegor Beroev and his wife Ksenia Alferova.