Outrage and applause at the same time: Anna Netrebko is back on the stages of Europe. Concerts in Germany are to follow the first appearance. In addition to Frankfurt, other large cities are on the list.
After performances in Monaco and Paris, the Russian star soprano Anna Netrebko will sing again in Germany. She has been criticized for her hesitant stance on Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.
Later this year, together with her husband Yusif Eyvazov, they will come to Regensburg, the Cologne Philharmonic and the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie for concerts, according to a statement from the weekend. Performances in Frankfurt, Vienna and Malmö are to follow in the coming year.
Anna Netrebko disgraced for hesitating with Putin
After the beginning of the war, Netrebko temporarily withdrew from concert life. Several opera houses had canceled performances by her. In Paris, the 50-year-old nun was enthusiastically celebrated on Wednesday evening after her concert in the Philharmonie. She had interpreted works by Rachmaninoff, Debussy and Tchaikovsky. The Ukrainian embassy reacted to the appearance with severe criticism.
That the concert could take place is outrageous. The dissonance between French public opinion supporting Ukraine and the hypocrisy of the audience applauding the “Kremlin soprano” is sad, the diplomatic mission said on Twitter. A few dozen demonstrators had demonstrated against the concert in front of the Paris Philharmonie.
Netrebko was already on the stage of the Monte Carlo Opera in Monaco last month. After the start of the war in Ukraine on February 24, Netrebko initially showed hesitation, but then expressly announced war against Ukraine. Netrebko lives mainly in Austria.