On this new initiative, the Metropolitan Opera and the Polish Nationwide Opera will collect 75 main Ukrainian musicians to kind the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Tradition and Info Coverage is exempting male musicians from navy service, in an act of assist of the humanities.
Beneath the management of Canadian-Ukrainian conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson, the tour shall be held from July 28 by August 20. It should embody stops in the UK, France, Germany, and the Netherlands, earlier than ending with live shows in New York and Washington, DC.
An intensive rehearsal interval shall be held in Warsaw on July 18, earlier than the opening live performance on the Teatr Wielki–Polish Nationwide Opera on July 28.
Following that, the orchestra will play on the opening weekend of the BBC Proms on July 13. This system, which is able to proceed all through the tour, is to incorporate Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov’s Seventh Symphony, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with pianist Anna Fedorova, and the aria Abscheulicher! from Beethoven’s Fidelio with soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska.
This yr’s Proms, which is able to characteristic 84 live shows and greater than 3,000 worldwide performers, it has been introduced that Russian musicians and conductors shall be allowed to carry out. This choice comes amidst many different organizations banning Russian artists from taking part attributable to their nationality.
The Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra will then proceed to Munich on August 1, the Chorégies d’Orange Pageant in France on August 2, the Berlin Konzerthaus on August 4, the Edinburgh Worldwide Pageant on August 6, Snape Maltings in England on August 8, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Pageant on August 11, and the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie on August 13.
The orchestra will then journey for live shows at New York’s Lincoln Middle on August 18 and 19, adopted by the final efficiency on the Kennedy Middle in Washington, DC, on August 20.
The cash raised from the tour will go to assist Ukrainian artists. Donations will be made to the Ministry of Tradition at https://donate.arts.gov.ua/en.
In a joint assertion, the Met’s Common Supervisor Peter Gelb and Waldemar Dabrowski, the director of the Teatr Wielki–Polish Nationwide Opera, stated, “Music is usually a highly effective weapon in opposition to oppression. This tour is supposed to defend Ukrainian artwork and its courageous artists as they battle for the liberty of their nation.”
“Right this moment, tradition is exhibiting a very new facet,” stated Ukraine’s minister of tradition, Oleksandr Tkachenko. “It may also be the ‘comfortable energy’ that helps heal wounds. And never solely in a figurative sense. This tour of the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra may also help not solely to boost funds for supporting Ukrainian artists, it should present the world the variety and uniqueness of Ukrainian music and Ukrainian performers.
“Ukrainian tradition is unique and deserves to be on the focal point overseas,” he added. “We thank our worldwide colleagues for producing the tour.”