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Milena Kitić

A star of the Belgrade, Yugoslavia Opera, Milena Kitic made her operatic debut in 1989, as Olga in Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin." She performed at the National Theater in Belgrade for 8 years in a wide range of roles: from Rosina in Rossini's "Il Baribiere di Siviglia", Cherubino in Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro", Preziosilla in Verdi's "La Forza del destino", Fenena in "Nabucco'', to the title role of Carmen and Principessa de Buillon in Cilea's "Adiana Lecouvreur."

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The 1997-99 seasons saw Ms. Kitic was at the Essen Opera in Germany, singing the roles of Giulietta in Offenbach's "The Tales of Hoffan", Sextus in Handel's "Giulio Cesare" and "Carmen" - for which she earned the German music critic's award as "Performer Of The Season" for 1998. She later performed that role throughout Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Belgium and Czech Republic. Other European engagements included the role of Laura in Ponchielli's "La Gioconda" at the Dorset Festival in England in 1999, Maddalena in Verdi's "Rigoletto" at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Festspielhaus Salzburg in 2000.

During the 1998-99 season, Ms. Kitic made her US debut in the demanding role of Eboli in Verdi's "Don Carlo", with the Palm Beach Opera, under the baton of Mo. Guadagno. This inspired a return to that same opera company in season 2000, as Rosina in "Il Barbiere". The same season also marked Ms. Kitic's debut at the Carnegie Hall with New York Opera Orchestra, under the baton of Maestra Eve Queler, as Emilia in Verdi's "Othello". Incidentally, this was for the Carlo Bergonzi's farewell concert. Collaborating again with Mo. Queler and NYOO has produced a recording of famous arias for the mezzo-soprano.

2002 saw Ms. Kitic as Carmen in her very successful debut with the Washington, DC Opera, and critics and audiences praised her performance in the role of Giulietta in "Les Contes d'Hoffman" with the Los Angeles Opera. During the same season she again performed with the LA Opera at the "Concert of Passion and Poetry", conducted by Placido Domingo. The year 2003 began with her debut with the Opera Pacific as Herodias in Strauss' "Salome", for which opera company she also performed the Benefit Concert with Placido Domingo, Mo. John De Main and Opera Pacific Orchestra. Another production of Carmen with Baltimore Opera and a return to Carnegie Hall as Laura in "La Gioconda", opposite Marcello Giordani and Aprile Millo, rounded up the season.

In October 2004. Ms. Kitic won unanimous raves performing Carmen with Los Angeles Opera (opposite Richard Leech) , conducted by Placido Domingo and Nicola Luisotti. Beethoven's 9th Symphony concert with Pasadena Symphony Orchestra, followed.

2005. started out with a very successful debut in the role of Dalila in "Samson and Dalila" with the Opera Pacific. Ms. Kitic has also been proclaimed "Diva of the Year" from the Opera Pacific Guild in February 2005.

Recent engagements included the role of Meg in Verdi's "Falstaff" with the LA Opera, under the baton of Kent Nagano (May, June 2005); Emilia in Verdi's concert version of "Othello" at the Ravinia Festival, conducted by James Conlon (July 23rd, 2005), debut at the Metropolitan Opera in the title role of Carmen (October 2005.) and Amneris in Verdi's "Aida" with Opera Pacific (April 2006). Other Metropolitan engagements include the role of Laura in "La Gioconda" (October 2006), and role of Helena Bezukhova in "War and Peace" (season 2007/08) conducted by Mo. Valery Gergiev.

Ms. Kitic studies with Metropolitan and Vienna State Opera star Kammersaengerin Biserka Cvejic. Ms. Kitic also leads popular master classes at Chapman University and USC Thorton School of Music in Southern California, is often seen as a judge for the Music Center Spotlight Awards in L.A. and is enthusiastic donor for several Young Artist Programs in the United States.

The International Jeunesses Musical Competition in Belgrade, Serbia has established a special prize for "the best young Mezzo-Soprano", under the name of Milena Kitic, which is being awarded for the third time in 2008.

On April 15th '07. Ms. Kitic becomes a first Inaugural Recipient of the Artist-in-Residence Award given by The Chapman University College of Performing Arts in Orange, California and becomes their Adjunct Professor.

From January 2008. Ms. Kitic became a Board member of the Opera Pacific in Costa Mesa.

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Илија Шаула (Карловац, 4. децембар 1963) је српски књижевник, оснивач и председник Књижевне радионице „Кордун”. Пише поезију и прозу, које су до сада преведене на италијански, енглески, шпански, пољски и албански језик.

Детињство је провео на Кордуну, у селу Дуги Дол, основно образовање стекао у Крњаку, а средње у Карловцу. Са огњишта га је 1995. године отерала „Олуја”, те данас живи у граду Вест Честер, држава Пенсилванија, САД. Поезију је почео да пише као средњошколац, а неговао кроз чланство у карловачком Књижевном клубу „25 октобар” скоро од оснивања. Захваљујући клупским активностима, наступао је на песничким сусретима широм Југославије. Његов таленат запазиле су песничке величине оног доба, попут Десанке Максимовић, Танасија Младеновића, Весне Перун и Ђакома Скотија. Скоти му је чак помогао да уреди своју прву збирку „На згаришту самоће” 1989. Марта 1990. је био део оснивачке скупштине и потом члан главног одбора СКД „Сава Мркаљ" у Топуском.

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Савремени еклисиолошки подсетник о Дијаспори

Историја и анализа тзв. „Америчког раскола“ (1963-1992) и предлози за његово превазилажење

Епископ Атанасије (Јевтић)

У издању Севастијан преса из Лос Анђелеса и Братства Св. Симона Мироточивог из Врњачке Бање, недавно је изашла нова књига Атанасија (Јевтића), умировљеног Владике херцеговачког, Савремени еклисиолошки подсетник о Дијаспори - Историја и анализа тзв. „Америчког раскола“ (1963-1992) и предлози за његово превазилажење.

Текст ове књиге је написан сада већ далеке 1990.године, и до данас био необјављен будући да је само за Синодске Оце Архијереје био намењен ради превазилажења тзв. „Америчког раскола“. Данас, када је тај српски раскол литургијски и административно превазиђен, сасвим је разумљиво и пожељно било да се овај текст предочи јавности.

На молбу Светог Архијерејског Синода, ондашњи јеромонах Атанасије је сва питања везана за болни раскол у српској дијаспори ставио под светлост православне Еклисиологије и Предања, што је био једини начин за њихово суочавање како би се дошло што ближе до зацељивања раскола. Читалац ће приметити како је он савесно и непристрасно проанализирао цело питање раскола и дао целисходне икономијске предлоге за његово решење. Ова књига је резултат његовог савесног христољубивог и црквољубивог рада.

Конкретан резултат Атанасијевог еклисиолошког предлога била је обнова евхаристијског општења и помирења које је постигнуто на празник Сретења Господњег, 15. фебруара 1992. године у Саборној Цркви у Београду, када су Српски Патријарх Павле и чланови Светог Архијерејског Сабора служили са Митрополитом Иринејем (Ковачевићем), дотадашњим епископом у расколу. Коначно, 21. маја 2009. године, Свети Архијерејски Сабор је донео одлуку и о коначном административном јединству Српске Цркве у Северној и Јужној Америци.

Истовремено, ова књига осветљава битно питање Дијаспоре. Дијаспора је пред Православну Цркву поставила два битна проблема: питање провере исправности нашег схватања Цркве, оног које се у последњим вековима код многих од нас усталило, и питање мисије Цркве у свету.

Књига је изашла са благословом Епископа новограчаничког и средњезападноамеричког Лонгина и Епископа западноамеричког Максима.

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Contemporary Ecclesiological Reminderon the Diaspora:
History and analysis of so called “American schism” (1963-1992) and recommendations for its overcoming

by Bishop Athanasius (Yevtich)

Recently, a new book by Athanasius (Yevtich), retired Bishop of Herzegovina, was published in Serbian by Sebastian Press of Los Angeles in cooperation with St. Simeon the Myrrh-streaming of Vrnjacka Banja.

This book was written in a now already distant year of 1990. This is its first publishing since the original intent was to have it available only for the hierarchs of the Holy Synod for the purpose of overcoming the so-called “American schism” within the Serbian diaspora. Presently, as the Serbian schism has been liturgically and administratively vanquished, it is understandable and desirable to have this valuable research available to the public.

At the request of the Holy Synod, back then hieromonk Atanasije acceded to collect all relevant documents in reference to painful schism in Serbian Diaspora, placing them in the light of Orthodox Ecclesiology and Holy Tradition, which was the only way to face it properly and bring it closer to healing.The readers will notice how Bishop Atanasije analyzed responsibly, and impartially the whole question of schism, and at the same time provided comprehensive, integral and thorough ecclesial economy, recomendations for solutions.This book is the result of his Christ-loving and Church-loving labor.

A tangible result of Atanasije's ecclesiological recommendation was the Eucharistic renewal, communion, and reconciliation which was established on the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple, February 15, 1992. At the Cathedral in Belgrade, His Holiness Patriarch Paul and hierarchs of the Holy Episcopal Assembly celebrated for the first time together since the schism, with Metropolitan Iriney (Kovacevic), up until then, schismatic bishop in Diaspora.Finally, on May 21, 2009, the Holy Assembly made a decission about conclusive administrative unity of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America.

In the same time this book reveals crucial question regarding Diaspora, because ecclesial organization of the Orthodox Church abroad presents itself with at least two problems: a) a check-up of our interpretation and comprehension of the Church, especifically of the last couple of centuries existing convictions, and b) a question of the Church mission in the World.

This book is published with the blessings of His Grace, Bishop Longin of New Gracanica - Midwestern America, and His Grace, Bishop Maxim of Western American Diocese, of the Serbian Orthodox Church for North and South America.

Price $15

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