Young opera singer impresses judges of international competition: Talk of the Towns

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NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio – Nine-year-old opera singer Alex Сosma from North Royalton recently participated in the Elena Obraztsova International Competition for Young Singers in St. Petersburg, Russia. Only four young singers represented the United States on stage. The jury selected Alex for the final audition.

Out of 27 foreign participants in the three age groups from 9 to 17 years old, nine young singers from the United States, Australia, Estonia, Switzerland, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan made it to the final round . The jury awarded the third prize to Alex, who was the only nominee from the United States to win an award among other finalists from all age groups.

All finalists received diplomas for participating in the competition. This year, foreign participants represented their country by video recording, while 95 participants from Russia performed on the stage of the St. Petersburg State Academic Capella. The results of the competition were announced by the Russian state news agency TASS.

Alex resisted the competition with honor by presenting his program in Italian, German and Russian. He charmed the jury with his interpretation of a Neapolitan folk song, “Lo Granatello”; “Ständchen” by Schubert; Curtis’ “Torna a Surriento”; and “The Merry Wind” by Dunaevsky.

The US team included four participants: Alex, Evangeline Rahimov, Nicholas Oita and Brianna Bogdan, who were also very well prepared and received a warm welcome from the public and experts.

All are students of Olga’s music studio in North Royalton under the direction of Olga Druzhinina, whose students sing in productions at the Cleveland Opera Theater, the Cleveland Ballet, the Opera in Italian Garden and many other venues. and competitions. For more information on Olga’s Music Studio, visit

Alex has experience in both vocal competition and productions, most notably with the Cleveland Ballet; Italian company Cenacolo di Cleveland; Carnegie Hall; the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria; Shalin Liu Concert Hall Rockport, Massachusetts; and One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

He will perform on July 18 at the Cleveland Opera Italian Garden Concert.

Alex is from a Romanian family. He attends school in North Royalton and enjoys playing soccer, swimming and playing with his younger brother.

The honored nursing assistants: The Heights Rehabilitation and Health Center honored the vital role of its nursing assistants recently during the 44th National Licensed Practical Nursing Week.

The Heights Nursing and Healthcare Center honored the selfless work of its licensed practical nurses throughout the pandemic during National Licensed Practical Nurses Week. Heights nursing assistants Yadira Perez and Jaliyah Gaddis are pictured here enjoying a special lunch. (Photo courtesy of The Heights Nursing and Healthcare Center)

“Our licensed practical nurses are an integral part of our nursing staff and our family here in The Heights,” said Missy Schaefer, administrator of the Heights Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

“The ‘Kindness in Action’ theme of Appreciation Week aptly describes their essential work in helping residents and supporting activities of daily living, from feeding to bathing and dressing and much more. This year, we also honor their dedication and heroism in the face of the challenges of COVID-19. “

The Heights celebrated National Nursing Assistant Week with an assortment of goodies, raffles, fun prizes and meals.

In May, the center also honored frontline workers during National Nurses Week and National Skilled Nursing Week with a variety of appreciation events, recognizing the compassionate care these dedicated professionals provide every day. .

According to the National Network of Career Nursing Assistants, every day more than 4.5 million caregivers provide convenient care for frail, elderly and chronically ill people in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

Established over four decades ago, National Licensed Practical Nurses Week celebrates the importance of the life support role of nursing assistants.

Heights Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center is a 149-bed skilled nursing facility in Broadview Heights that offers short-term rehabilitation, long-term skilled nursing, memory and respite care. The center is currently accepting new admissions for all health needs. For more information, contact Randy McGhee at 216-385-0368 or visit

Food over 50: The Broadview Heights Department of Social Services is sponsoring Comforcare Homecare featuring “Nutrition over 50”. The event is at 7 p.m. on August 5 in the Willow Room, presented by Deb Vermillion RN, BSN, MHA, President and Owner.

Join Deb as she learns how to maintain a healthy mind and body with proper exercise and nutrition. Deb will go over the foods you should and shouldn’t be eating to keep your stamina and health at its peak.

Just because we get older doesn’t mean we can’t feel and perform at our best. Healthy eating is the key. You are what you eat.

Female safety: A Women’s Safety and Awareness Clinic is hosted by the Brecksville Police Department from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on August 23 at the Brecksville Community Center.

The clinic is designed for all women, but the focus will be on safety advice for female students entering university for the first time. The presentation will cover a variety of safety tips and will also include demonstrations of practical self-defense techniques. This is a hands-on event, so wear appropriate training attire.

Register now, as places are limited. You can register at the Brecksville Community Center or online at

Get the shot: COVID-19 vaccines are now available for age groups 16 and older. If you have questions about how to protect yourself and prepare for COVID-19 in your community, the Ohio Department of Health can provide answers.

The department’s 2019 coronavirus disease call center can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). Staff run the center seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Call center staff are available to answer questions and provide specific information about COVID-19, the risk to the public, the state’s response, and to help make appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine. .

You can also get information by going to

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