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Royal Opera House concerts and stream for Ukraine

Published: 23 March 2022
Reporter: Vera Liber

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Flight Pattern Credit: Tristram Kenton
Artists of The Royal Ballet in Flight Pattern Credit: Tristram Kenton

The Royal Opera House has announced a series of fundraising initiatives in support of the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

On 15 April 2022, Ukrainian Oksana Lyniv will join Music Director of The Royal Opera Antonio Pappano on the podium to conduct The Royal Opera—Concert for Ukraine featuring artists including Ukrainian tenor Dmytro Popov, Ukrainian baritone Yuriy Yurchuk, South African soprano Pretty Yende and British-Italian tenor Freddie De Tommaso. Current Jette Parker Young Artists will also perform alongside members of the Royal Opera Chorus and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

From Friday 22 April, Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern, created in 2017 in response to the refugee crisis, can be viewed online via Vimeo, available on demand for 30 days.

On Thursday 5 May, The Royal Ballet will presents an additional fundraising performance of Swan Lake in which Principal dancers Lauren Cuthbertson, Sarah Lamb, Marianela Nuñez and Natalia Osipova will join forces to share the role of Odette / Odile across the four acts.

In addition to cancelling the Bolshoi’s planned visit this summer, Royal Opera House has shown symbolic acts of solidarity with Ukraine such as lighting the House in the colours of the Ukrainian flag, playing the Ukrainian national anthem before performances and sharing a special recording of the Ukrainian hymn Prayer for Ukraine (with music by Mykola Lysenko and text by Oleksandr Konysky, arranged by Anna Lapwood) performed by members of The Royal Opera Chorus. A number of Royal Ballet dancers also took part in the Dance for Ukraine gala on 19 March at the London Coliseum.