Building peace in the minds of men and women

UNESCO General Director designates Lithuanian opera singer, Ms Violeta Urmana, as UNESCO artist for Peace

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, will designate the renowned Lithuanian opera singer Ms Violeta Urmana as a UNESCO Artist for Peace in a ceremony at the Organization’s Headquarters on 7 March at 5:45 pm.

The designation comes in recognition of Ms Urmana’s unfailing efforts to promote culture as a vehicle for dialogue and mutual understanding, as well as her dedication to issues that are in line with UNESCO’s priority on the African continent.

Violeta Urmana is known internationally for her dramatic interpretations of German and Italian repertoire. After singing as a mezzo-soprano, she transitioned to soprano, achieving critical acclaim. She enjoyed success after her performance as Kundry in Wagner’s Parsifal and Eboli in Verdi’s Don Carlo. She regularly performs in the most prestigious opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan, the Paris Opera, the Royal Opera House in London, as well as in Festivals at Bayreuth (Germany), Salzburg (Austria), Aix-en-Provence (France) and Edinburg (United Kingdom).

In her capacity as UNESCO Artist for Peace, Violeta Urmana will support UNESCO’s efforts undertaken in Africa, in particular projects aimed at training students. She also plans to use a portion of the proceeds from her concerts to further assist with the training of students.

UNESCO Artists for Peace are internationally renowned personalities who use their influence, charisma and prestige to help promote UNESCO’s message and programmes. UNESCO works with these distinguished personalities to raise public awareness of key development issues and inform the public of the Organization's action is in these fields.


The ceremony will be followed by a Ms Urmana’s recital

To cover the event, journalists are invited to contact UNESCO’s Media Service:

Laetitia Kaci, l.kaci(at)