Soprano Julia Sitkovetsky Volunteers as Vaccinator at Lewisham COVID Vaccination Site

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Victoria Cadisch)

Between performances soprano Julia Sitkovetsky is volunteering as a vaccinator at the Lewisham COVID Vaccination Site at The Waldron.

It all started in January with the soprano and her husband volunteering at Waldron.

“I was very keen to not only help out but fill my time after all my work cancellations (I should have been singing ‘I Puritani’ at the time!),” Sitkovetsky told OperaWire.

First, they were volunteering in administration, “putting in the patients’ info into the system,” but later on they were informed that the locale was seeking out volunteers for vaccine training to facilitate doctors returning to surgery. They jumped at the opportunity.

“As volunteer vaccinators we had to learn and get tested on the science, then had two practical training days,” added Sitkovetsky before noting that “anytime I’m back from singing, I come back and vaccinate- it’s so rewarding!”

Sitkovetsky is not alone among singers who are working toward helping people get the COVID-19 vaccine. Scottish tenor Nicky Spence recently took to social media to encourage people to get their vaccines.

Sitkovetsky is a well-known soprano who has performed in such prestigious opera houses and concert halls as the Komische Oper Berlin, Semperoper Dresden, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Scottish Opera, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Staatsoper Hannover, Theater Ulm, Landestheater Linz, and Wigmore Hall, among many others.

The soprano has released an album “Where Corals Lie” in October 2021, featuring music by Sir Edward William Elgar.