Anna Netrebko, Russian soprano, outing at the Metropolitan Opera

“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.

In 2014, Netrebko made a large donation to an opera house in Donetsk, a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, according to a New York Times report. After making the donation, she was photographed holding a Novorossiyan flag, which is used by separatist groups.


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