Mezzo chooses Judy Garland classic to add her voice to the rising chorus of protest within the arts.

Star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato has decided to dedicate her performance of Somewhere Over The Rainbowat tomorrow’s Last Night of the BBC Proms to the victims of LGBT hate crimes, especially those in Russia. The high-profile singer is the soloist at the Last Night of the Proms, the biggest classical music event in the world which will be seen by countless millions worldwide.

In an interview with BBC Radio Four DiDonato commented “there’s a lot of those voices that are being silenced today, by families, by governments, by countries and I take that really personally. If I literally and figuratively have a voice that I can use in their honour I’m really happy to do that.”

Yesterday, DiDonato tweeted “Making a very personal dedication for my perf of Over the Rainbow for #LNOP to all those LGBT folks whose own voices are being silenced”. The singer, who is a respected champion of social causes, recently dedicated a recital in the US to a victim of teenage bullying who had committed suicide as a result.

In a lengthy statement on her popular blog, DiDonato...