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A Concert for Ukraine: Special LIVE Met Opera Broadcast on WRTI HD-2

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The Metropolitan Opera orchestra and chorus performing the Ukrainian national anthem before the opening night performance of Verdi's "Don Carlos."

Join us on Monday, March 14th at 6 PM on WRTI HD-2 to hear The Metropolitan Opera's special live international broadcast A Concert for Ukraine—a performance offering support and solidarity with the citizens of Ukraine.

Listen at WRTI.org, on the WRTI Mobile App, or on your favorite smart speaker.

Met Music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct the Met Orchestra and Chorus and a roster of star soloists including Lise Davidsen, Elza van den Heever, Jamie Barton, Piotr Beczała, and Ryan Speedo Green in a program that includes Strauss’s Four Last Songs, the stirring final movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and works by Barber, Silvestrov, and Verdi.

Vladyslav Buialskyi, the Ukrainian bass-baritone who recently made his company debut, will open the concert with the Met chorus in a rendition of the Ukrainian National Anthem.

Debra Lew Harder is host.

In announcing the special concert, Met General Manager Peter Gelb said, “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,” said Maestro Nézet-Séguin. “In times of crisis, it is so important that artists unite and provide consolation and inspiration through our work.”

Program 

Ukrainian National Anthem

“A Prayer for the Ukraine” by Valentin Silvestrov

Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber

“Va, pensiero” from Verdi’s Nabucco 

Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss
Lise Davidsen

Finale from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
Elza van den Heever, Jamie Barton, Piotr Beczała, and Ryan Speedo Green

Stay tuned after the broadcast for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI. Program is here.