War and Peace in March 2022

The war in Ukraine has had many repercussions on the world of culture and especially on classical music. In addition to the temporary withdrawal of Anna Netrebko, the cancellation of Denis Matsuev’s concerts, the resignation of Valery Gergiev and, more surprisingly, Tugan Sokhiev’s, musical director of the Bolshoi in Moscow and of the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, it is now the Teatro Real that has announced the cancellation of the Bolshoi Ballet’s appearance next May. On the stage of the Madrid theatre, during the last performance of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung, Siegfried’s body was wrapped in the Ukrainian flag. Following the example of the Real, to show their support for the Ukrainian people, many Western institutions are organising concerts for peace, such as the Zurich Opera House, which invits Thomas Hampson, Benjamin Bernheim, Nadezhda Karyazina, Rebeca Olvera, George Petean and Lawrence Brownlee this Tuesday 11 March 2022 to raise funds to go to the «Schweizerisches Rotes Kreuz» («Swiss Red Cross»). This financial contribution is intended to provide direct help in this humanitarian emergency.


Photo : El ocaso de los dioses  © Javier del Real / Teatro Real