Soprano Anna Netrebko has been hired by the Monte Carlo Opera to sing this month following the Metropolitan Opera’s decision to drop her in order not to reject Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Monte Carlo Opera said on Thursday that Netrebko will sing the title role in Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” in performances on April 22, 24, 27 and 30.. The 50-year-old Russian replaces an originally announced Maria Agresta.
Tenor Yusif Eyvazov, Netrebko’s husband, is scheduled to sing Des Grieux.
Netrebko should have sung five performances in a revival of Puccini’s “Turandot” at the Met in New York from April 30 to May 14. She was replaced by Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska for Turandot and by Italian soprano Eleonora Buratto for a revival of Verdi’s “Don Carlo” at the Met from November 3-19.
Netrebko issued a statement in early March saying she was “opposed to this pointless war of aggression, and I urge Russia to end this war right now.” She did not mention Putin directly.
Netrebko, from Krasnodar, received the People’s Artist of Russia Award from Putin in 2008. She was photographed in 2014 with a Novorussian flag after making a donation of 1 million rubles (then $ 18,500) to the opera snake in Donetsk, a Ukrainian city. controlled. of pro-Russian separatists.
She said in late March that she had met Putin “only a handful of times in my entire life, especially on the occasion of receiving awards in recognition of my art or at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.”
“I am not a member of any political party, nor am I allied with any leader of Russia,” Netrebko said in late March. “I acknowledge and regret that past actions or my statements could have been misinterpreted.”