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St Petersburg erects plaque to Galina Vishnevskaya

A day after Moscow announced it was naming a square for Mstislav Rostropovich, St Petersburg unveiled a plaque to his wife, the soprano Galina Vishnevskaya, on the apartment building where they once lived. Both of their daughters attended the ceremony. Nice to see them getting recognition after decades when they were whitewashed out of Russian music history. Nice to see the two cities competing for their legacy.

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