Teatro Real de Madrid Pays Homage to Victims of Ukraine

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Javier del Real)

The Teatro Real de Madrid concluded its run of “Götterdämmerung” with an homage to the victims of Ukraine.

In a press release, the Madrid-based theater said, “the artistic team of ‘Twilight of the Gods,’ in the last performance of the opera, tonight, has wrapped the corpse of Siegfried in the Ukrainian flag, as a symbolic act of homage to the victims of the war.”

The theater added, “Thus concludes the visionary and desolate ‘The Ring of the Nibelung’, conceived by Robert Carsen and Patrick Kinmonth, which places man in front of his own path of self-destruction.”

The opera world has unified following the Russian invasion of Ukraine and many companies have lit the facades of their buildings with the Ukrainian colors and dedicated performances to the victims. Additionally, at the final performance of “Aida” at the Teatro San Carlo, Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska and Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova embraced at the final curtain call while the audience screamed “pace.”