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Russian soprano Anna Netrebko will sing at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo after being dropped by the Met Opera


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Soprano Anna Netrebko has been hired by the Monte-Carlo Opera to sing this month following the Metropolitan Opera’s decision to fire her for not repudiating Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Monte-Carlo Opera announced on Thursday that Netrebko will sing the title role in Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” during performances on April 22, 24, 27 and 30. The 50-year-old Russian replaces an initially announced Maria Agresta.

Tenor Yusif Eyvazov, Netrebko’s husband, is set to sing Des Grieux.

RUSSIAN SOPRANO ANNA NETREBKO AT THE MET OPERA

Soprano Anna Netrebko has been hired by the Monte-Carlo Opera to sing this month following the Metropolitan Opera’s decision to fire her for not repudiating Russian President Vladimir Putin.
(AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

Netrebko was scheduled to sing 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 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 in which it was “opposed to this senseless war of aggression and I call on Russia to end this war now”. She did not mention Putin directly.

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FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, congratulates Russian opera singer Anna Netrebko after awarding her the honor of People's Artist of Russia, during celebrations for the 225th anniversary of the Mariinsky Theater in St Petersburg, in Russia, February 27, 2008.

FILE – Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, congratulates Russian opera singer Anna Netrebko after awarding her the honor of People’s Artist of Russia, during celebrations for the 225th anniversary of the Mariinsky Theater in St Petersburg, in Russia, February 27, 2008.
(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)

Netrebko, who is from Krasnodar, received the honor of People’s Artist of Russia from Putin in 2008. She was photographed in 2014 holding a Novorussian flag after donating 1 million rubles (then 18 $500) to the opera pipe in Donetsk, a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

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She said at the end of March that she had met Putin “only a handful of times in my entire life, notably when receiving awards in recognition of my art or during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games”.

FILE - Russian soprano Anna Netrebko to sing title role in Puccini "Manon Lescaut" in performances on April 22, 24, 27 and 30.

FILE – Russian soprano Anna Netrebko will sing the title role in Puccini’s ‘Manon Lescaut’ during performances April 22, 24, 27 and 30.
(AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

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“I am not a member of any political party and I am not allied with any leader of Russia,” Netrebko said in late March. “I acknowledge and regret that my past actions or statements may have been misinterpreted.”


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