While the number of victims of the war in Ukraine are counted, the famous Russian soprano Anna Netrebkova counts the lost profits. He is now seeking $ 350,000 in damages from the New York Metropolitan Opera. It is supposed to be a substitute for the performances they canceled when she, as a supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, refused to condemn the aggression against Ukraine. Photo: SITA / AP, Sven Hoppe Opera singer Anna Netrebko. According to the New York Times, the opera diva is convinced that she has done enough to allow her to sing at the Metropolitan Opera. “It is very difficult because there was no indication of this attitude. We agreed to give it some time and see you later, “explained the artist, who has lived in Vienna for years and has Austrian citizenship. When the management of the prestigious opera did not lift the ban, it decided to file a lawsuit. “We can’t terminate all my future contracts just because some people think I’m too close to Putin,” she said. Her complaint in court was also supported by the American Guild of Musical Artists, which represents opera, musical, ballet and concert artists in the United States. Until March, Netrebkova was one of the biggest stars of the Metropolitan Opera, but after the Russian attack on Ukraine, the situation changed. It is no secret that he has a very close relationship with Putin and supports his policy. In 2012, for example, she campaigned for his re-election and two years later posed with a flag used by pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk. She also celebrated her 50th birthday in the Kremlin last year. She was to perform at a concert in Denmark after the war broke out, but organizers called on her to take a stand on Putin’s policies. When she was silent, they canceled the event. Other operas in the world have been similarly preserved. Netrebkova and her husband, the Azerbaijani tenor Yusif Eyazazov, issued a joint statement, but did not condemn the war. Anna Netrebko – Semper Libera “I am Russian and I love my country, but I have many friends in Ukraine. That pain and suffering break my heart. I would like the war to end and people to live in peace, “the singer said at the time, saying that it was not right for artists or other public figures to be forced to publish political opinions and criticize their homeland. “I am not a politician. I am an artist, “she emphasized. At the beginning of March, she announced that she would temporarily stop touring, but after a month she changed her mind. She announced that she wanted to return to the stage and also expressed the attitude that the art world demanded of her. “I strongly condemn the war against Ukraine, my thoughts are on the victims of this war and their families. My position is clear. I am neither a member of a political party nor tied to any Russian leader, “said the singer. The team faced Rusov again. The opera in Novosibirsk, where she was to perform, told her to do without it: “Living in Europe and having the opportunity to perform in European concert halls has proved more important than the fate of the homeland” Our country is rich in talent and yesterday will be replaced by others, who have a clear civic stance. ”Some theaters in Western Europe have already forgiven Netrebkova, but Peter Gelb, director general of the Metropolitan Opera, remains adamant. According to him, the singer got into this situation on her own, because she is Putin’s follower. She does not close her door, but she must show sincere regret.
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