Many cut ties with close associates of Putin – especially conductor Valery Gergiev, a longtime friend and prominent supporter of the Russian President. Gergiev, who led the Mariinsky Theater in St.Petersburg, where he nurtured Netrebko’s career, gave concerts over the years that were transported with political significance, including one in the area. Georgia’s secessionist concert and another concert in Palmyra, after it was recaptured by the Syrians. and Russian forces.
However, other Western organizations have been criticized for being overly active after they canceled performances by Russian artists who do not identify closely with politics, and even with some people. spoke out against the invasion.
Now many cultural institutions are faced with an uncomfortable question: What to do with Netrebko?
Her ties to Putin are not as deep as Gergiev’s, but they are significant, according to a New York Times review of Russian and English news reports and public records.
Her name appeared on Putin’s election support list in 2012, and she spoke of him brilliantly over the years, describing him as “a very attractive man“And praise his “manly, strong will”. In 2017, on the eve of Putin’s re-election, Ms told a Russian state news agency that “could not think of a better president for Russia.” She also occasionally supports his policies; She once circulated a Putin statement on Instagram along with a bent biceps emoji. In 2014, she donated to an opera house in Donetsk, a war-torn city in Ukraine controlled by Russian separatists, and photographed holding a separatist flag.
In contrast, Putin has given Netrebko praise and accolades over the years. She was invited to sing at Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and other state celebrations. Last September, on her 50th birthday, he sent telegram called her the pride of Russia, and described her as “open, charming and friendly, with a uplifting personality and a clear civic stance”. At her birthday celebration concert at the State Kremlin Palace, the President’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, read Putin’s message from the stage.