Mar 4, 2022 - World

Russian soprano with ties to Putin withdraws from Met Opera performances

Photo of a woman dressed in finery raising one fist as she sings on stage
Russian soprano Anna Netrebko (center) performs at the final dress rehearsal prior to the premiere of the Metropolitan Opera/Sir David McVicar production of "Adriana Lecouvreaur" in New York City on Dec. 28, 2018. Photo: Jack Vartoogian via Getty Images

Russian soprano Anna Netrebko has withdrawn from her Metropolitan Opera performances after refusing to comply with the Met's condition that she repudiate public support for Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Met announced Thursday.

Why it matters: Netrebko, who has starred in multiple Met productions, has been linked to Putin for decades and endorsed his election in 2012, according to NPR. Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, she has withdrawn or parted from several international opera houses.

Details: Netrebko was set to perform in "Turandot" this April and May, as well as "Don Carlo" next season. Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska will replace her in the upcoming "Turandot" performances.

  • "It is a great artistic loss for the Met and for opera," Met General Manager Peter Gelb said in a statement. "Anna is one of the greatest singers in Met history, but with Putin killing innocent victims in Ukraine, there was no way forward."

Worth noting: Gelb had said on Sunday that the Met would cut ties with "artists or institutions that support Putin or are supported by him — not until the invasion and killing has been stopped, order has been restored, and restitutions have been made."

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