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The New York Opera will offer a concert to commemorate the first anniversary of the war in Ukraine

Ukraine.- The New York Metropolitan Opera will hold a concert on February 24 in honor of the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as reported by the institution itself.

The New York Metropolitan Opera, also known as The Met, has announced that the orchestra will be conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. In addition, several Ukrainian solo singers will perform, as reported by The Met on Friday.

“Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ commemorates the innocent victims of war, and Beethoven’s ‘Fifth Symphony’ anticipates the victory to come,” said Met director Peter Gelb. The Ukrainian national anthem will also be performed.

Ukraine’s permanent representative to the UN Sergiy Kyslytsya has stated that the concert represents a “celebration of Ukrainian resistance and hope”.

“The Metropolitan Opera was one of the first to show its solidarity with Ukraine, its people, its culture and its artists, and has continued to do so throughout the last year of this tragic war. We are proud to work with the Met to promote a just peace,” he added.

Last year, the New York opera raised funds for the victims of the war in Ukraine and said it would stop working with artists and institutions that support Russian President Vladimir Putin. In this sense, The Met temporarily withdrew the famous Russian soprano Anna Netrebko from the next seasons due to her sympathies with the Kremlin.

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