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Belarus saying goodbye to artists Sergei Kortes, Rostislav Yankovsky

Two irreparable losses for the world of art in Belarus: the great actor Rostislav Yankovsky and the People's Artist, the former head of the Belarusian opera Sergey Kortes passed away on the same day. Memorial services for the two prominent Belarusians took place in Minsk June 28.

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko sent his condolences to the family and colleagues of the two outstanding culture figures.

The name of the composer Sergey Kortes will be forever inscribed in the history. Even during his lifetime, he was recognized as a classic person for Belarusian music. He authored many great works: it is thanks to him that the whole world learned about Belarusian opera. His famous "Giordano Bruno" and "Mother Courage" deserved ovations in theaters in many European capitals.

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The memorial ceremony for Rostislav Yankovsky was held on the stage of the National Academic Drama Theater named after Maxim Gorky, where the actor served the viewers almost half a century.

Alexander Karpov, director:
This is an actor, he has always remained an actor. He lived on stage until his last moment and he actually died almost on stage. He did not miss a season and was really People's Artist, not by title, but by recognition of people. As Stanislavski said: "I believe you!". I admire him.

Belarus saying goodbye to artists Sergei Kortes, Rostislav Yankovsky