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Ukraine: Met Opera marks 1 year war anniversary

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Emily D’Angelo made her statement in outfit before singing a single note at a Metropolitan Opera concert to mark the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The 28-year-old Canadian mezzo-soprano stepped onto the stage of Mozart’s Requiem on Friday night. He wore a black skirt and was covered with white tally his marks, like a school blackboard, like four vertical slashes and a diagonal line ending each of his five sets. There are a total of 365 costumes created by Berlin designer Esther Perbandt, commemorating each day of Europe’s bloodiest conflict since World War II.

“Even though the Opera does not have the strike capabilities of an Abrams tank or an F-16 jet, the Metropolitan Opera is proud to be a powerful cultural resource for Ukraine, and we are proud to say that (Vladimir) Putin’s art against attack MET General Manager Peter Gelb said at a rest group that included Ukrainian Ambassador to the United Nations Sergiy Kislitsa and U.S. Linda Thomas Greenfield: It demonstrates the continuing cultural determination of the free world to defend Ukraine’s freedom in the face of severe oppression.”

Conducted by Metropolitan Music Director Yannick Neze Seguin, the concert, titled “For Ukraine: A Concert of Remembrance and Hope,” will feature Ukrainian tenor Dmitro Popov and bass-baritone Vladislav Buiarsky. , and South African soprano Golda Schultz also performed. With the Metropolitan Opera House dyed in the yellow and blue colors of the Ukrainian flag and the actual flag hoisted above the stage, they opened with the Ukrainian national anthem, followed by Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven. Symphony No. 5 followed, ending with a hymn by Valentin Silvestrov. Prayers for Ukraine. ”

“Metropolitan Opera took Ukrainian culture, accepted me, accepted my mission,” said Kyslytsya.

Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska addressed the crowd earlier in the evening in a pre-recorded video speech.

“You proved that art can literally help and save people,” she said. “I hope that soon we will be able to celebrate the victory of humanity, art and Ukraine on this stage and that it will become our common victory.”

Ukrainian singers dressed in flags during the curtain call. , said they set a lower price than the normal price.

Gelb removed a Russian artist from the Mets roster who refused to distance himself from Putin. The most famous star soprano is Anna Netrebko.

“The price you pay is small,” he said. “It was important to be on the right wing. I couldn’t see myself in the mirror and know that Putin supporters were performing on our stage.

Russian bus Ildar Abdrazakov, who pulled out of a new production of Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” at the Met next season, was quoted as saying recently that artists should remain neutral.

“My answer is they chose one side and they chose the wrong side,” said Gelb. “It’s a pity that he, like so many other Russians, is misunderstood and doesn’t really understand what’s going on in the world.”

The Met has hired four interns from Ukraine, and Gelb will add Ukrainian composers to the Met’s commissioned program. His wife, Canadian-Ukrainian conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson, will once again conduct the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra’s summer tour. She conducted Verdi’s Requiem and Ukrainian composer Viktoria Poliova’s ‘Bucha.

“Having experienced this myself, I felt compelled to show Putin that you can’t kill the culture, you can’t kill the soul of Ukraine,” Wilson said. At the dress rehearsal, I was two hours late in the bunker, but I didn’t feel any fear, I didn’t have any fear, I was determined to do something about it, through this concert , it continued beautifully.

“The power continued. And there were soldiers in the audience, young boys in the first two rows. And when I went to bow, when people applauded me, I started applauding the soldiers, and we all applauded the soldiers…and that’s the power of music.”

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