The Metropolitan Opera presents A Concert for Ukraine March 14 at 6 PM ET. The 70-minute program, broadcast live on radio and streamed throughout the world, offers solidarity for Ukrainian citizens under attack, with all ticket sales and other proceeds supporting relief efforts in Ukraine.
Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Met Orchestra and Chorus, while soloists include Lise Davidsen, Elza van den Heever, Jamie Barton, Piotr Beczała, and Ryan Speedo Green. Expect works by Barber, Beethoven, Silvestrov, Strauss, and Verdi.
Ukrainian bass-baritone Vladyslav Buialskyi will also lead the Met Chorus in a performance of the Ukrainian National Anthem.
Met General Manager Peter Gelb said in an earlier statement, “The Met and its artists, led by Yannick, wish to lend our support to the innocent victims of Ukraine, whose lives have been torn asunder. We hope the power of our performance will provide some measure of artistic solace, while helping to inspire empathetic people around the world to make donations.”
“Music truly has the power to heal, and I hope this special concert will demonstrate our unwavering support for the suffering people of Ukraine,” added Maestro Nézet-Séguin. “In times of crisis, it is so important that artists unite and provide consolation and inspiration through our work.”
The concert is broadcast in the U.S. via many of the radio stations that regularly carry the Met’s Saturday matinee radio series, as well as member stations of National Public Radio; internationally via the European Broadcasting Union; live on Met Opera Radio on Sirius XM Channel 355; and streamed live via MetOpera.org.
The concert comes after the institution announced it would cut ties with Putin-Supporting artists and organizations, a move that has already led to Russian soprano and opera star Anna Netrebko withdrawing herself from all upcoming performances with the company.