Kazakh tenor Medet Chotabayev was bestowed the title of the Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy - Kazakh TV

Kazakh tenor Medet Chotabayev was bestowed the title of the Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy. The leading actor of Astana Opera got this honorable award for his contribution in strengthening cultural ties between Kazakhstan and Italy, as well as popularizing the Italian language. Medet Chotabayev is the first Kazakh who was awarded the title of a commander. Today, the famous singer performs the main parts of operas of Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti and Tchaikovsky. Medet Chotabayev successfully stages these operas on the world's leading theatres.

MEDET CHOTABAYEV, LEADING SOLOIST, ASTANA OPERA:

 - This great responsibility fell on my shoulders which is a step forward. This means that we need to further work hard, praise our homeland and art. Italy and Kazakhstan are cooperating and exchanging experience.

Last year, Kazakhstan and Italy marked 25 years of diplomatic relations. The countries have become reliable investment and trading partners in different areas of the economy.

STEFANO RAVAGNAN, ITALIAN AMBASSADOR TO KAZAKHSTAN:

 - I am very glad that relations between Kazakhstan and Italy have become stronger in recent years. Bilateral cooperation is growing not only in the cultural and humanitarian areas, but also in other areas which can be seen from the events held in recent years. The number of joint innovative and technological projects is increasing. Social and economic ties are strengthening.

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