The Metropolitan Opera and the Polish National Opera join forces to create the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra
The Metropolitan Opera partners with the Polish National Opera to bring together great Ukrainian musicians to form the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra.
The ensemble will consist of refugees, Ukrainian members of European orchestras and musicians from kyiv, Lviv, Kharviv, Odessa and all over Ukraine.
The ensemble will embark on a European and American tour from July 28 to August 20 with stops in countries including the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the Netherlands. In the United States, the orchestra will perform in New York and Washington DC
The ensemble will be conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson in a program featuring music by Valentin Silvestrov, Chopin, Brahms and Dvorak. Liudmyla Monastyrska will also join in a tune from “Fidelio”. Ukrainian pianist Anna Federova will also perform.
Rehearsals will begin on July 18 with the opening performance scheduled for the Polish National Opera.
“I wanted to bring together the best orchestral musicians in Ukraine, from inside and outside their country, in a proud display of artistic unity,” Wilson said in an official press release. “I look forward to leading these talented musicians across Europe and the United States. This tour is an expression of love for their homeland and to honor those who died and suffered so much.