Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the Met Orchestra and Chorus with Lise Davidsen. Photo: Jonathan Tichler, Met Opera
A concert for Ukrainean album recorded live at the Metropolitan Opera on March 14, 2022, featuring the company’s entire special concert expressing solidarity with the people of Ukraine, was digitally published and will be physically released in the United States later in 2022. All ticket sales, donations and proceeds from the sale of the album, released by the Metropolitan Opera, Decca Classics and Deutsche Grammophon, support relief efforts in Ukraine .
Features star soloists including Lise Davidsen
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the company’s musical director Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer, conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus with a star roster of soloists. A concert for Ukraine opens with the national anthem of Ukraine, featuring Ukrainian bass-baritone and young Met Lindemann artist Vladyslav Buialskyi, and also features Valentin Silvestrov Prayer for Ukrainebarber Adagio for strings, op. 1, ‘Go, Pensiero’ by Verdi Nabucoby Strauss Last four songswith soprano Lise Davidsen, and the Finale of by Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125, with soprano Elza van den Heever, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, tenor Piotr Beczała and bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green.
“This album captures a unique and memorable performance”
“This album captures a unique and memorable performance by the Metropolitan Opera and its stars, and demonstrates the power of art to send a clear message to the forces of darkness that would destroy a nation,” said Met General Manager Peter Gelb. “I hope this concert will bring some comfort and moral support to the suffering Ukrainian people, and remind the world that we are on their side.”
Dominic Fyfe, label director of Decca Classics, added: “It is a moment of solidarity with those who are suffering. We are delighted to join our friends at the Met and our colleagues at Deutsche Grammophon in bringing this concert for Ukraine to a global audience. All soloists performed for free, and proceeds from the album will be donated to charities supporting relief efforts in Ukraine. Music can make a difference.
Dr Clemens Trautmann, President of Deutsche Grammophon, said: “A concert for Ukraine allowed some of today’s best musicians to show their compassion and ignite a beacon of hope for the people of Ukraine.
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