CULTURE

Diva sings for charity

The internationally renowned singer-actress Julia Migenes will perform at two fund-raising events in Greece this week for the KAPPA group, which focuses its activities on adjusting sporting facilities to suit the needs of disabled athletes. Migenes’s two performances – tonight at the Athens Concert Hall and on Friday at the Vassiliko Theatro in Thessaloniki – have been scheduled to coincide with an international conference organized by the group in Athens, titled «Civilization and Sports as Self-Improvement Factors in Disability.» A prolific and diverse artist who has featured in operas, musicals and films, the New York-born Migenes will concentrate on the tango style for her two Greek performances. The shows, called «Argentina,» will feature compositions by Astor Piazolla. Both performances will be opened by German artist Klaus Kreuzeder, a disabled artist also participating in the conference, with a solo sax performance as the prelude to Migenes’s concerts. Migenes, who began performing at the age of 3, rose to international prominence in 1984 with her Grammy award-winning role in Francesco Rossi’s film «Carmen,» alongside Placido Domingo and Ruggero Raimondi. While studying at New York’s High School of Performing Arts, Leonard Bernstein gave the artist a major break by inviting her to perform as a soloist in «Young People’s Concert» at Carnegie Hall. In her career to date, Migenes, a versatile artist equally adept in the classical field and jazz, has performed over 6,000 shows at major venues around the world. For ticket information (in Athens, prices at 18, 35, 50 euros; in Thessaloniki, at 30 or 50 euros), call 210.725.8510-12, 210.924.3469.