World famous soprano, Inva Mula was on a visit to Prishtina on Saturday on the occasion of the International Day of Charity, in an article for the prestigious “La Lettre Diplomatique”, expressed her support for Kosovo’s efforts for membership in UNESCO. Having lived for many years in Paris, where UNESCO has its headquarters, Mrs. Mula-Ramadani calls on member states to admit Kosovo in this key United Nations body. Inva Mula had been invited to a spiritual evening in Kosovo, an event dedicated to Mother Teresa, where she performed the premiere of the new anthem dedicated to the Albanian missionary and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Below, we bring you the full article by Mrs. Mula-Ramadani written for the French diplomatic magazine “La Lettre Diplomatique”./
“UNESCO to open the doors to the people of Kosovo”/
By Inva Mula.
No art is more cosmopolitan than opera. No language is more international than that of music. An act of opera is a pleasure to see and hear because it reveals the humanity – of thought, speech and behavior, transcends all culture and shows are basic sameness
Opera is education. It is orientation. It is attitude.
My father was born in Gjakova (Kosovo) and my mother in Izhevsk (Russia). A part of my family still lives in Kosovo. I am educated in Tirana (Albania) and started my career in Paris. Since then, I was launched into an international career as an opera soprano, which brought me to stages in Prishtina, Tirana, Tokyo, Moscow, London, New York, Buenos Aires, Milan, Vienna, Sao Paolo, Madrid, Beijing, and others. My travels have taught me that I am a human first, than a European. I feel I am a citizen of the world.
I sang at the sites protected by UNESCO and in UNESCO events. At first I felt timelessness – cultural facilities built by our ancestors tens of centuries earlier, today are the wealth of all mankind. You feel the music and culture transcend time. UNESCO events soften differences, approximate people, shape concepts, and create a sustainable and emancipated community.
We are a product of circumstances. I began with a personal story to come to my intrinsic belief that an organization that promotes values of culture, education, cooperation, and scientific research like UNESCO should incorporate countries and provide opportunities to young men and women, to feel like citizens of the world and of global action, to improve their countries and our common planet. It is the time for UNESCO to open the doors to the people of Kosovo.