Affairs

Soft Power

Voice of a nation— Geneva

Preface

Singer Nana Mouskouri is now retired but her songs remain inseparable from Greek culture. She’s a staunch nationalist, having lived through Greece’s transition to a democracy, and is determined that her proud country will recover from its financial crisis.

Athens Conservatoire, City of Athens Gold Medal of Merit, Manos Hadjidakis, Nana Mouskouri

Hitting the high notes: Nana Mouskouri’s CV

1934 Born in Chania, Crete

1937 Moves to Athens

1950 Accepted at the Athens Conservatoire

1957 Records her first song, Fascination

1961 Marries musician Yorgos Petsilas. They have two children and divorced in 1975

1963 Leaves Greece to live in Paris

1966 Tours the US with Harry Belafonte

1984 Does her first live performance in Greece since 1962

1993 Appointed a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador

1994 Elected a Member of the European Parliament. Resigns in 1999

2003 Marries her second husband

2004 An unprecedented 34-CD box-set of more than 600 songs is released

2008 Gives her final stage performance at the Herodes Atticus Theatre in Athens

2010 Donates her MEP’s pension to the state

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