“This is a great artistic loss for the Met and for the opera,” company chief executive Peter Gelb said in a statement to CNN. “Anna is one of the greatest singers in Met history, but with Putin killing innocent victims in Ukraine, there was no way forward.”
Netrebko was slated to star in Puccini’s ‘Turandot’ this spring, as well as Verdi’s ‘Don Carlo’ next season.
Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska will replace her in “Turandot” and her replacement in “Don Carlo” will be announced later, according to the Met.
Netrebko had issued statements criticizing the war, but did not publicly comment on Putin.