At the Philharmonie de Paris, a triumphant welcome for the return of Anna Netrebko

Criticized since the war in Ukraine, the star Russian soprano Anna Netrebko was given a standing ovation this Wednesday evening at the Philharmonie de Paris for her return to the stage in a Western capital. The public gave him a triumphant welcome when he entered the stage, applauding for long minutes. Smiling and relaxed, wearing a long black and white dress, which she fluttered from time to time, she interpreted pieces by Rachmaninoff, Debussy or Tchaikovsky, before receiving a standing ovation at the end of the show.

In front of the Philharmonie, the atmosphere was not quite the same. A few dozen demonstrators met to denounce the arrival of the soprano in Paris. “Anna Netrebko, Putin’s Favorite Propaganda Voice”Where “While you are listening to Anna, the Russians are bombing my conservatory”could we read in particular on signs brandished at arm’s length.

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Anna Netrebko’s concert at the Philharmonie had already been postponed three times due to the pandemic.
His previous recital in Paris dates back to 2019, during a gala for the 350th anniversary of the Paris Opera. She will be back in December on the stage of the Philharmonie to sing in The Force of Destiny by Verdi. The soprano will also make her big comeback in Italy this summer, at the Arena of Verona. Last month, Anna Netrebko had already returned to the stage at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, where she sang the title role of Manon Lescaut (where she replaced Maria Agresta).

controversies

One of the greatest lyrical voices in the world, Anna Netrebko was among the first Russian artists to be singled out after the start of the invasion of Ukraine for not having clearly denounced the war. the Metropolitan Opera from New York, of which she was the star, thus deprogrammed her for an indefinite period and she then announced that she was temporarily withdrawing from the scene. On March 30, she condemned “expressly war against Ukraine”which earned him to be withdrawn from the poster in his own country.

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The soprano has never openly proclaimed her support for Russian President Vladimir Putin, but she is accused of having posed in December 2015 in Saint Petersburg with the flag of the pro-Russian separatist rebels and of having presented a check for one million rubles (about 15,000 euros) to pro-Russian Ukrainian leader Oleg Tsarev.
Anna Netrebko defended herself by explaining that she wanted to support the arts, and more particularly the Donetsk Opera, to which Ukraine had cut all funding, and assured that she had not “never received financial support from the Russian government” and of never having allied with “no ruler of Russia”.

In an interview at World Sundayshe repeated that she was not “guilty of nothing”claiming that his only mistake was not having “more informed about the situation in Donbass” and that she wanted”just helping friends in difficulty”. “I was also asked to declare myself against Vladimir Putin. I replied that I had a Russian passport, that he was still the president, and that I could not publicly pronounce these words. So I refused”, she added. Despite his condemnation of the war, the Met called into question all of its contracts until May 2026, according to her. His former mentor, the conductor Valery Gergiev, a Kremlin close associate, has been declared persona non grata by Western concert halls.

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At the Philharmonie de Paris, a triumphant welcome for the return of Anna Netrebko


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