Odessa Opera Reopens in the Midst of War

By Francisco Salazar

On June 17, the Odessa Opera reopened with a gala performance.

The theater noted in a press release that the current performances are being dedicated to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who are making it possible to reopen the theater and allowing artists to work.

At the opening performance, the audience rose to perform the National Anthem of Ukraine. Chief conductor Vyacheslav Chernukho-Volich conducted the evening with such soloists as the People’s Artist of Ukraine Larysa Zuyenko, Honored Artists of Ukraine Tetyana Spaska, Oleh Zlakoman, Vladyslav Horay, and Dmytro Pavliuk, and soloist of the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, La Scala Theater Vitaliy Biliy. Other artists included Yuliya Terechu Naimitenko, Anna Litvinova, Oleksandr Prokopovych, Kateryna Tsymbalyuk, Ilya Markiv, Viktor Shevchenko and Bohdan Panchenko.

Over the next week, the company is set to perform “Nabucco” and numerous ballet productions.