Opera Singers Perform for 10 hours to raise money for Ukraine


Award-winning soprano Janet Fairlie leads a 10-hour opera-thon, accompanied by a host of the country’s greatest opera performers to raise vital funds for UNICEF, supporting the invaluable work they are doing in helping to ensure child health and protection services are sustained and families have clean water and nutritious food.

Singers from the Royal Opera, English National Opera and Glyndebourne will take to the stage, accompanied by pianists Robert & Linda Ang Stoodley (Piano a Deux) who have performed on Britain’s Got Talent, as well Richard Hetherington, Head of Music at The Royal Opera House. A string quartet will also entertain throughout the day.

The 10-hour spectacular will take place at Sarastro, an opulent theatrical restaurant which welcomes some of the finest musical performances. Janet has been singing at the venue for over 20 years and the venue will also be donating proceeds from all meals served on the day to the cause.

Janet has enjoyed an illustrious career on stages on the West End and around the world. Janet spent two years in The Sound of Music at the London Palladium as understudy Sister Sophia (performing the role 93 times) and has won multiple awards including first place in the National Mozart Competition. Janet comments, “I am thrilled to be hosting the very first 10-hour opera-thon, bringing opera to the forefront to help raise awareness of the amazing work being done by UNICEF in helping the children of Ukraine and also raising vital funds for their efforts.”

The Opera-thon is proudly sponsored by Loveday, a healthcare company dedicated to providing the very best residential care, home care, respite and day club for seniors and those living with dementia. Earlier this year, Loveday’s Chairman Mr Laurence Geller CBE, who is also Chairman of the International Churchill Society, presented President Volodymyr Zelenskyy with the Sir Winston Churchill Leadership Award for his bravery and leadership over the last year.