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After 192 shows in Metropolitan OperaSoprano Anna Netrebko will not perform this year because of her support for the Russian President Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Met made several attempts to persuade Netrebko, who made statements critical of the war, to reprimand Putin but failed to persuade the singer.
“It is a major artistic loss for the Museum and the Opera,” Director General Peter Gelb said in a statement Thursday.
“Anna is one of the greatest singers in the history of the Met, but with Putin killing innocent victims in Ukraine, there was no way forward.”
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Gelb made a statement on Sunday making it clear that the museum would not work with any artists who support Putin.
After Netrebko, 50, refused to disavow Putin, she canceled her upcoming performances, and left her next performance in Barcelona on April 3.
“I am against this senseless war of aggression, and I call on Russia to end this war now to save us all. We need peace now,” she said.
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“This is not the time for me to compose music and perform. So I’ve decided to take a step back from performing for now. It’s a very difficult decision for me, but I know my fans will understand and respect this decision.”
Netrebko received the Honorary People’s Artist of Russia from Putin in 2008 and was photographed receiving flowers from the Russian president.
Netrebko made her Met debut on February 14, 2002, in Prokofiev’s “War and Peace” and quickly became a home favorite. Her last home performance was the New Year’s Eve Party she starred in on December 31, 2019.
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Ukrainian singer Lyudmila Monasterska will replace the soprano in Puccini’s “Turandot” for five shows from April 30 to May 14, including a performance on May 7 to theaters around the world.
Russia launched a large-scale attacks In Ukraine February 24.
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The invasion of Ukraine led to a show of solidarity in The world of arts and culture Between Ukrainians and the backlash against the Russian government and those with connections to it who would not reject Putin’s actions. The ripple effects have also reached the global sports world.
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