: Washington Post dedicates article to famous Ukrainian opera singer killed in Donbas

12:53 Jul. 2, 2016

Washington Post dedicates article to famous Ukrainian opera singer killed in Donbas

People kneel as they pay their last respects to Vasyl Slipak killed in eastern Ukraine, in Lviv, July 1, 2016. (UNIAN Photo)

42-year-old soloist and volunteer fighter laid to rest in Lviv

Amid the thud of artillery and rattle of gunfire, Vasyl Slipak's deep, resonant voice in the trenches of eastern Ukraine was a warm reminder of humanity's less barbaric traits.

The professional baritone had left his native Ukraine in the 1990s to settle in France, where he regularly sang at the Paris Opera. But after war erupted in 2014, he decided to return home and join a volunteer battalion to fight Russian-backed separatists on the country's eastern front.

Read also Ukrainians bid their last farewells to opera singer Vasyl Slipak, laid to rest in Lviv

Here, Slipak adopted Ukraine's traditional, Mohawk-style haircut as well as the nom de guerre 'Meph' — a nod to Mephistopheles's aria from 'Faust', the opera based on Goethe's great play. He would occasionally serenade his fellow fighters, too.

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