The Siberian Novosibirsk Opera House said on Thursday that the 50-year-old concert, scheduled for June 2, cannot take place. The opera house indirectly accused the singer, who lives in Austria, of betraying her homeland. On Wednesday, she openly distanced herself from Putin and his military operations in Ukraine.
“Living in Europe and having the opportunity to sing in European concert halls has proven to be more important than the fate of the motherland,” said the opera’s manifesto, referring to Netrebko.
We should not be afraid of cultural workers who turn their backs on their country. Our country is rich in talents and the idols of yesterday have been replaced by others with a clear civic position.”
The singer was previously criticized by the West
Netrebko has faced criticism in the West since the start of the Russian offensive on Ukraine because she was considered a supporter of Kremlin President Vladimir Putin. In March, the Zurich Opera House distanced itself from Netrebko and canceled its planned performances.
“We have to state that our strong condemnation of Vladimir Putin and his actions on the one hand and Anna Netrebko’s public position on the other are incompatible,” said opera director Andreas Homoki (62) at the time.
Now it seems that she has changed her mind and is facing criticism in her homeland. (SDA/Gin)
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