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Statement from Amande Concerts about Russian State Opera: Bizet's Carmen on 28 Feb

'In light with the current tragic situation in Ukraine, we would like to clear a few unknown facts and write our position.

It goes without saying that we strongly condemn the violence in Ukraine! Arts and politics are not connected, these are innocent people who are being affected. They cannot alter any political situation; however, they do feel the effect of them!

This production is brought to you by an English company Amande Concerts Ltd, registered in UK, who have worked with the best of the best performing arts organisations from Eastern Europe for over twenty years.

“Russian State Opera” is a brand name established by a UK company, Amande Concerts. This brand acts as an umbrella for the presentation of artists of many different nationalities that have graduated from artistic institutions in Russia and countries that were formerly part of the Soviet Union. We understand the potential for confusion this name causes, but there is no link between Amande Concerts to the Russian ‘state’ as a political entity.

The “Russian State Opera” is a UK registered trademark that has been used in the same context as for example English National Ballet. The brand name only relates to the geographical location of the performing theatres. We can confirm that Amande Concerts Ltd, does NOT receive any public or commercial money from Russian organisations. Amande Concerts has been self-sufficient WITHOUT any sponsoring support from ANY state or organisation, including Great Britain.

Please also note that Amande Concerts brings ballet and opera productions from Eastern Europe, including Russia, which include various nationalities. We have in our casts, nationalities from all over the world including Russia, Belarus, Siberia, USA, Japan, France, Kazakhstan, Estonia and of course also Ukraine. The latter individuals who are also currently on tour in the UK with this Opera, still have family members currently in Ukraine and of course are even more affected by the current situation.'

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