Soprano Anna Netrebko Withdraws from Met Performances


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Regardless of posting on Instagram final week that she is “against this warfare,” Russian opera singer Anna Netrebko has withdrawn from her upcoming appearances with New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

In a assertion launched by the Met, Netrebko couldn’t give a transparent withdrawal of help for Russian President Vladimir Putin, which fits in opposition to the MET’s stance on the warfare.

Final week, in a video on its Fb web page, the Met’s basic supervisor Peter Gelb mentioned that the corporate will “now not have interaction with artists or establishments that help Putin or are supported by him – not till the invasion or killing has stopped, order has been restored and restitutions have been made.”

The performances in query embody Netrebko’s position in Puccini’s Turandot this April and Might, through which she will likely be changed by Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska. Monastyrska has sung Turandot beforehand on the Ukrainian Nationwide Opera and on the Bolshoi and made her Met debut in 2012. Tickets for Turandot on April 30, Might 3, 7, 11, and 14 can be found right here.

Netrebko has additionally withdrawn from the position of Elisabeth de Valois within the 2022–23 performances of Don Carlo — the substitute for which will likely be introduced at a later date.

“It’s a nice creative loss for the Met and for opera,” mentioned Met Basic Supervisor Peter Gelb. “Anna is among the biggest singers in Met historical past, however with Putin killing harmless victims in Ukraine, there was no manner ahead.”

Netrebko has additionally pulled out from Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur at Milan’s La Scala — being changed by Maria Agresta — and from Macbeth at Switzerland’s Opernhaus Zürich.

 

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