Royal Opera House will hold a series of events in support of Ukraine

Many events continue to be held in London in solidarity with the Ukrainian people. Their organizers are trying to raise as much money as possible to help the victims of the military conflict. They are joined by the artists of the Royal Opera House, who also decided not to stand aside. From April 15 to May 5, there will be a series of events in support of Ukraine with the participation of Ukrainian and international artists. All net proceeds from this event will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) for Ukraine. Afisha.London magazine presents upcoming charitable events: the Royal Opera concert, an online performance of the Flight Pattern ballet and the Swan Lake ballet.


The Royal Opera Concert

On April 15, a host of international opera singers come together to present a special performance of much-loved arias and choruses from the opera repertory. Ukrainian conductor Oksana Lyniv joins Music Director of The Royal Opera Antonio Pappano to conduct singers 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 (JPYA) also perform alongside members of the Royal Opera Chorus and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

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Flight Pattern

On April 22, there will be stream of Crystal Pite’s multi-award winning ballet Flight Pattern, created specifically for The Royal Ballet by Canadian choreographer in 2017 in response to the refugee crisis. It remains powerfully resonant — a poignant reminder of the frailty of the human condition and the tension between despair and hope. This large-scale ensemble work, which takes a powerful and sombre look at ongoing refugee crises, is set to music from Górecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs. Górecki’s music, often associated with the Holocaust, explores themes of motherhood and the separation of families. Pite gives these themes new meaning in a work that moves from the big picture of displaced communities to focus on the emotions of individuals: the large ensemble cast moves as one body, packed together in tight rows, until one distraught couple are marked out from the crowd through a poignant pas de deux.

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Flight Pattern. Photo: Royal Opera House


Swan Lake

On May 5, there will be a unique performance of The Royal Ballet’s sumptuous production of Swan Lake. In a Company first, Principal dancers of The Royal Ballet Lauren Cuthbertson, Sarah Lamb, Marianela Nuñez and Natalia Osipova join forces to share the role of Odette/Odile across the four acts of this iconic repertory favourite, with Vadim Muntagirov as Prince Siegfried. This is a reimagining of the grandiose masterpiece by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, staged by Liam Scarlett, with a magnificent score by Tchaikovsky and brilliant designs by John Macfarlane.

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