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Late one afternoon, in Oktober Theatre -- scene of the finished public performances; Yuhzno-Sakhaliners jostled at the rear doors awaiting a screening of Bruce Almighty, a Jim Carrey film showing in Russian.

At this, one of repeated and formerly unthinkable intrusions, O'Riordan 'Almighty' -- vehement, ferocious, implacable -- went practically 'ballistic'. Musicians recoiled at the show of scathing Irish fury while the hapless Carrey's name became 'mud'. Alas, poor Carrey.

Despite all this confusion, 'mini-miracles' appeared to be happening in surprising succession and the final two public performances were truly a triumph of the spirit for O'Riordan and this offshore Russian-Pacific territory.

O'Riordan's collossal venture was swiftly dedicated to the memory of those who had died -- and for many Sakhaliners it served in an indefinable way to assuage their deep sense of loss.

After 261 years - O'Riordan directing Messiah for a capacity Sakhalin audience. © 2003 Howard Smith
After 261 years - O'Riordan directing Messiah for a capacity Sakhalin audience. © 2003 Howard Smith

Sakhalin's uncanny conjunction of tragedy, and Handel's inspirational Messiah with its message of hope in life eternal -- 'Death, where is thy sting, grave where is they victory ?' -- moved all those most closely involved.

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Copyright © 27 November 2003 Howard Smith, Masterton, New Zealand

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