The opening ceremony for the FIFA World Cup was held in Russia today, with displays of music and opulence in Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
The ceremony consisted of main events such as music from famous classical composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, a live performance by England’s Robbie Williams and the unveiling of the World cup trophy by Russian supermodel and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova, who brought the trophy out in a Louis Vuitton travel case.
Williams was the headline of the event, performing his own “Let Me Entertain You” and “Rock DJ” but did not include “Party Like a Russian” which which pro-Kremlin media outlets suggested mocked Russian oligarchs. He was also joined in a duet by Garifullina, a soloist from the Vienna State Opera who entered the pitch on a firebird, singing Williams’ hit song “Angels.” Video can be found below.
The ceremony was followed by the first match between host Russia and Saudi Arabia.