After distancing himself from Putin: Netrebko is back on the big stage

After distancing himself from Putin
Netrebko is back on the big stage

Russian opera diva Anna Netrebko has long been seen as a supporter of Kremlin boss Putin. After the start of the war in Ukraine, she hesitated for a long time before condemning the attack. As a result, she loses several engagements. But now she is allowed to perform again – with a German ensemble.

Russian soprano Anna Netrebko, criticized for her hesitant attitude towards Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, will perform with the Erfurt Theater ensemble in Monaco. The Opéra de Monte-Carlo has provided information about this on its website. This is the title role in Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Manon Lescaut” – a co-production with Theater Erfurt. The reason for the engagement of Netrebko, who after some hesitation moved away from Russian President Vladimir Putin at the end of March, was the illness of the Italian Maria Agresta, who was originally supposed to sing the role of Manon Lescaut, the opera informed.

Netrebko, from which some houses have sometimes moved away, was hired by the Monaco Opera, which also pays its expenses, reports the “Thüringer Allgemeine”. The engagement is “an artistic decision of the cooperation partner, which we respect,” Erfurt culture manager Tobias Knoblich told the newspaper.

The production of the opera “Manon Lescaut” by Erfurt director Guy Montavon had its premiere in the Thuringian capital in October 2021. The co-production is scheduled for April 22 at the Opera Monte Carlo.

After the start of the war in Ukraine on February 24, Netrebko was initially hesitant, but later spoke out against the war. Her thoughts are “with the victims of this war and their families”, she said through her German lawyer at the end of March. At the same time, the singer said she was “not a member of any political party” or “affiliated with any leader of Russia” and that she had “only met President Vladimir Putin a handful. many times in his whole life”. Anyone in Russia who criticizes Putin’s war on Ukraine is living dangerously and can face heavy fines or even imprisonment. Netrebko lives mainly in Austria.

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