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06 Apr 2008

Move over, Edinburgh,,2270713,00.html

Emirates_Palace.pngStuart Jeffries [The Guardian, 4 April 2008]

Just before we enter the air-conditioned auditorium of the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi for a gala concert featuring three of the world's greatest opera singers, we are each handed a copy of Chopard's Happy News magazine. As the movers and sheikhs of the United Arab Emirates take their seats, I read its interview with Russian soprano Anna Netrebko. The interviewer poses questions that Paxman and Humphrys would never dare: "You are now an ambassadress for Chopard. How would you define glamour?" "Chopard jewellery really epitomises glamour," replies Netrebko, diplomatically. It's going to be a long evening.

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