By David Salazar
(Credit: Richard Termine)
The Metropolitan Opera is set to present “For Ukraine: A Concert of Remembrance and Hope” on Feb. 24, 2023.
The event will be presented to commemorate and honor the Ukrainians fighting to defend their country from Vladimir Putin and Russia’s invasion. Audiences will hear a performance of Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony under the musical direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Soloists for the Requiem include Golda Schultz, Emily D’Angelo, Dmytro Popov, and Vladyslav Buialskyi. The concert will also open with a performance of the Ukrainian National Anthem and “Prayer for Ukraine” by Valentin Silvestrov.
“I am proud to lead the great Met Orchestra and Chorus as we continue to use music, an instrument of peace and healing, to show support for the people of Ukraine as they continue their quest for peace and an end to this war,” Nézet-Séguin said in an official press statement issued by the Met.
The conductor led a concert on behalf of Ukraine at the Met last March, shortly after the invasion. Additionally, he led a performance of the Ukrainian National Anthem prior to the opening performance of “Don Carlos” on Feb. 28, 2023.
The showcase is being presented in association with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations.