Organizations and individual signatories protested against the performance of Russian singer Anna Netrebko at the Berlin Opera House. A demonstration is planned in front of the Opera House if Netrebko’s performances are not canceled.
In an open letter, many organizations and individual signatories protested against the performance of Russian singer Anna Netrebko at the Berlin Opera House. The singer will perform next Friday in Giuseppe Verdi’s “Macbeth” as Lady Macbeth. For Netrebko, this will be his first appearance in Berlin since the invasion Russia to Ukraine.
The publicly financed theater in Berlin will feature an artist “who has repeatedly and clearly appeared in the past as a supporter of the dictatorial and inhumane regime of today’s Russia,” we read in an open letter quoted by the Spiegel weekly website.
The cooperation of the Opera “with such an artist” is an insult to all people who wanted a clear stance of German cultural creators against the war of imperial Russia. Art and culture are never impolitical, as exemplified by Netrebko – emphasize the signees.
Announcement of protests in front of the Opera House
A demonstration in front of the Opera House is planned if Netrebko’s performances are not canceled, said a letter published on Monday to Mayor Kai Wegner, Senator for Culture Joe Chialo and Opera Director Matthias Schulz, writes “Spiegel”.
Netrebko has long lived in Austria. In the past, she helped Russian President Vladimir Putin elections presidential elections and took photos with the flag of Russian separatists in Donbass. After the Russian invasion began, some of her concerts in the West, including: in New York, canceled. She later condemned it war in Ukrainebut she did not distance herself from Putin.
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