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#145 – Dalia Stasevska

Published September 17, 2023

Conductor Dalia Stasevska Using Her Profile to Help Ukraine

Acclaimed Finnish conductor Dalia Stasevska opened this year’s prestigious First Night of the Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall and went straight to Glyndebourne for a run of Benjamin Britten’s iconic A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

But in-between her high-profile musical appearances, Dalia – who was born in Ukraine – has been driving trucks into the war-torn city of Lviv, delivering generators, sleeping bags, warm clothes and essential supplies to those struggling to survive, as well as performing there. 

She tells Helen she considered giving up her career in music for a while to concentrate on volunteering full-time but has decided to use her platform to keep people informed of the ongoing atrocities and to ensure the world doesn’t tire of the plight of Ukrainian people.

Photographs by Veikko Kahkonen