Metropolitan Opera to Observe Ukraine’s Independence Day

By Francisco Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera will observe Ukraine’s Independence Day on August 24 continuing its mission to support the country.

The company said, “Tomorrow, August 24, in honor of Ukraine’s Independence Day, we will display Ukrainian flags on the façade of the opera house and broadcast the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra’s recent performance in Warsaw on Metropolitan Opera Radio, Sirius XM channel 355, at 4PM ET.”

Since the war began the Metropolitan Opera has vowed to support Ukraine. It first fired “all Putin supported artists” and later performed two concerts dedicated to Ukraine. The company has also worked alongside the Polish National Opera to form the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra. It has also invited the First Lady of Ukraine who held a fundraiser and invited Ukrainian soldiers as well as the Ukrainian ambassador to a performance of “Tosca” starring Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska. Last spring the Met displayed the Ukrainian flag on the facade of the theater for four weeks.