We, the Lithuanian and Estonian national opera houses, call for solidarity with Ukrainian opera houses and all the people of Ukraine.
At the moment, there is a real war happening in Europe: military operations of this scale have not taken place since the beginning of World War II. People are seeking shelter, they are forced to escape their homeland and bombs are flying into their homes.
This statement is call on the European opera community to respond and to end any cooperation with the Russian Federation. There are no justifications for war, and as unfortunate as it is, theatres in Russia are part of the common state that is carrying out large-scale attacks. It is very important to understand that if we do not stop this war machine, in which even artists become part of the regime and propaganda, the next day those military tanks will stand in the Baltic States and move on to Europe through them.