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Opera & Ballet for Ukraine

7 March 2022

Dutch National Opera & Ballet joins forces with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Lorenzo Viotti

On March 13, 20.00h, Dutch National Opera & Ballet and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra organize a benefit concert in aid of those in Ukraine. The entire proceeds from the concert will be donated to Giro555 in support of Ukraine.

All of us have watched the continued Russian invasion of Ukraine with shock and horror these past few weeks. It has made us incredibly sad to witness our Ukrainian colleagues’ cries for help and to hear the heartbreaking stories of our Ukrainian and Russian singers and dancers at Dutch National Opera & Ballet. Our hearts go out to those in Ukraine and to everyone suffering in these dark times.

But sympathy alone is not enough. That is why we organize the benefit concert Opera en ballet voor Oekraïne, which is a joint effort, featuring the chorus of Dutch National Opera, the singers of Dutch National Opera Studio and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of chief conductor Lorenzo Viotti. A varied music programme will be presented that will last just over an hour and will include pieces that range from Mozart and Mahler to traditional Ukrainian songs. The soloists of Dutch National Ballet will dance Rudi van Dantzig’s pax de deux Voorbij gegaan to piano music by Frédéric Chopin.

The tickets for Opera & Ballet voor Oekraïne go on sale on Monday 7 March. It is up to you how much you want to spend on a ticket – and thus donate. We will be setting a minimum charge of € 30, but visitors are welcome to donate more of course. We will also be giving visitors an opportunity to donate directly in the theatre itself.