Russian-born opera singer to perform in Yarmouth to benefit Ukraine

Opera singer

A Russian-born opera singer will perform two concerts in Yarmouth on Tuesday to raise money to send medical supplies to war victims in Ukraine.

Pavel Sulyandziga Photo courtesy of Pavel Sulyandziga

Pavel Sulyandziga, a graduate of the Gnesin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow and the New School in New York, will perform at Yarmouth High School on Tuesday morning and at the First Parish Congregational Church in Yarmouth that evening.

Sulyandziga, 30, a member of the Udege people in the Russian Far East, was the first Indigenous person to sing at Carnegie Hall. He will be accompanied by a Russian pianist, who does not want to be identified for fear of reprisals against his family in Russia. Both concerts will feature songs that exemplify the beauty of Ukrainian language and music.

Proceeds will go to the Partners for World Health Ukraine Fund, a Portland-based organization that ships supplies to humanitarian relief organizations in Ukraine.

Millions of Ukrainians were forced to flee to neighboring countries because of the Russian invasion.

Partners for World Health is a non-profit organization that regularly collects unused medical supplies and equipment that would otherwise be discarded by healthcare facilities, manufacturers and individuals. The organization sorts, repackages and prepares supplies, and sends them to individuals, communities, health facilities and developing countries that can use them.

Since 2009, the group has collected more than 2 million pounds of medical supplies that would otherwise have been thrown away.

The first performance of Sulyandziga will take place at Yarmouth Secondary School, where students will also watch live video from a Red Cross volunteer living in the Ukrainian town of Krapivnitsk. The city is periodically bombarded by Russian forces, forcing residents to take refuge in bomb shelters. The volunteer, Lyudmila Bulakh, is a lawyer.

The second performance will be Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at First Parish Congregational Church, 116 Main St., Yarmouth. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted.

Sulvandziga’s parents and siblings live in Yarmouth. The opera singer lives in New York.


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