Latvian-born Mezzo-Soprano Natalja Sticco Donating Proceeds from Her Single ‘Requiem for a Soldier’ to Aid UkraineBy Chris Ruel
Mezzo-soprano Natalja Sticco is sharing her voice to aid families, refugees, and soldiers in war-torn Ukraine by donating proceeds from her single, “Requiem for a Soldier” to Razom for Ukraine (Together for Ukraine), which provides life-saving medical aid to hospitals, and Army SOS Ukraine which buys medical and basic needs supplies that go directly to those defending their country against the brutal Russian invasion.
The single from her self-titled album is a tribute to the generations of men and women who have bravely fought for freedom, including her great-grandfathers in World War II, as well as her husband, who served in the US Airforce. Sticco is a vigorous advocate for disabled veterans and works with various charities serving the veteran community in the Greater Boston Area, where she currently lives.
“Having been born in the USSR and seeing Russia’s aggression, my heart breaks for Ukraine and fears for my own homeland,” Sticco said in a press statement. “My son’s step-family and half-brother are Ukrainian; I have many close friends who are Ukrainian. I am ethnically Russian and have family in Russia, friends and colleagues in Russia, none of who support this and are stuck there and in fear.”
Sticco was a Young Artist with the Latvian National Opera and Ballet and has appeared in opera houses across Europe. She has shared the stage in productions featuring fellow Latvian artists Kristine Opolais and Elīna Garanča.
“Requiem for a Soldier” can be streamed via Sticco’s website and on all major streaming sites.