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A charity concert for Ukraine

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    October 2023

    Saturday 21. 10.

    Tickets available


    Basic information


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    “I wanted it to sound like a quiet and bright prayer for Ukraine to the whole world,” said Yuriy Shevchenko about his piece We Are.

    Ora spei is a musical message of solidarity with and hope for Ukraine. The charity concert’s central motif is the brief opening piece We Are, an arrangement of the Ukrainian national anthem, “Ukraine Has Not Yet Perished”, the Ukrainian composer Yuriy Shevchenko wrote shortly after the Russian invasion of his country on 24 February 2022. Following the formation of the USSR, the national anthem was banned by the Soviet regime, only to be revived during the glasnost of the 1980s.


    • 2023-2024


    The concert is divided into two parts, with the first one featuring arias from operas by  Bedřich Smetana, Giuseppe Verdi, Jules Massenet, Gaetano Donizetti and Giacomo Puccini. The second part of the programme will afford a revelatory insight into the known and unknown past and present of Ukrainian music. Works by major Ukrainian composers – Yuryi Shevchenko, Mykola Lysenko, Semen Hulak-Artemovsky, Yakiv Stepovy, Yuliy Meitus, Klimentiy Dominchen, Myroslav Skoryk and Anatoliy Kos-Anatolsky – will be performed by eight Ukrainian singers, performing in Ukraine as well as abroad, some of whom will be appearing in the Czech Republic for the very first time


    Yuryi Shevchenko: We are
    Bedřich Smetana: Bohové věční
    (Libuše, Libuše)
    Sofia Soloviy

    Giuseppe Verdi: O Carlo, ascolta – Io morrò (Rodrigo, Don Carlo)
    Stepan Drobit

    Bedřich Smetana: Jak je mi (Milada, Dalibor)
    Valentina Pluzhnikova

    Jules Massenet: Va! Laisse couler mes larmes (Charlotte, Werther)
    Iryna Zhytynska

    Giuseppe Verdi: Che mai veggio... Infelice! E tuo credevi (Silva, Ernani)
    Sergii Magera

    Giuseppe Verdi: Patria opressa (Macbeth)
    Giuseppe Verdi: O figli, o figli miei! Ah, la paterna mano (Macduff, Macbeth)
    Valentyn Dytyuk

    Giacomo Puccini: Senza mamma (Angelica, Suor Angelica)
    Sofia Soloviy

    Jules Massenet: Ah! Tout est bien fini – O souverain, ô juge, ô père (Rodrigo, Le Cid)
    Denys Pivnitskyi

    Gaetano Donizetti: Ah! tardai troppo – O luce di quest'anima (Linda, Linda di Chamounix)
    Tetiana Zhuravel

    Pietro Mascagni: Regina coeli (Santuzza & Mamma Lucia, Cavalleria rusticana)
    Valentina Pluzhnikova & Iryna Zhytynska


    Yakiv Stepovy: Prelude in Memory of Taras Shevchenko

    Klimentiy Dominchen: Carpathian Dance

    Mykola Lysenko: When Two Lovers Par
    Denys Pivnitskyi & Stepan Drobit

    Semen Hulak-Artemovsky: Scene and duet of Oksana and Andriy from the opera Across the Danube from Zaporizhzhia
    Valentyn Dytyuk & Valentina Pluzhnikova

    Yuliy Meitus: Anna’s aria from the opera The Stolen Happiness
    Sofia Soloviy

    Mykola Lysenko: Ostap’s aria from the opera Taras Bulba
    Stepan Drobit

    Anatoliy Kos-Anatolsky:  Alas, off now  for  the Mountains 
    Tetiana Zhuravel

    Anatoliy Kos-Anatolsky:  Ah, Nutseed Maid
    Sergii Magera

    I Know I’am a Sinner
    Ukrainian folk song
    Iryna Zhytynska

    Mykola Lysenko: Taras Bulba, overture

    Myroslav Skoryk: A Melody
    Sofia Soloviy

    Mykola Lysenko, Ivan Nebesnyi: A Prayer for Ukraine
    arrangement for eight solo voices, chorus and orchestra

    The benefit concert for Ukraine will be held at the State Opera in Prague, designed by Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer. The same famous architects also created the Odessa opera house, helmed at one time by Andriy Yurkevych, the current music director of Prague’s State Opera. The Odessa opera scene, before and after the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, will be the focus of an exhibition of photographs by the internationally renowned Odessa artist Dmitry Skvortsov.


    Practical information

    Where to buy tickets

    The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. On 1 October at 9am we selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika until the end of March 2024.

    When purchasing online, you can get an e-ticket. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the box offices of the National Theatre.

    What to wear?

    By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.

    Parking at the State opera

    While visiting the State Opera, you can take the slip road on Wilsonova street from the left lane close to the State Opera building to the Parking Centrum above-ground garage. The parking fee is 40 CZK/h.

    Buffets at the State Opera

    No waiting. For your benefit, please pre-order your food and beverages at the bar to minimize waiting in the queue!

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