Almost 1.600 people signed the petition asking the management of New York’s Metropolitan Opera to call its 2013/14 opening gala with Tchaikovsky’s ‘Eugen Onegin’ a protest against Putin’s anti-gay laws (read our first article here). Meanwhile the opera’s management has responded: „The Met is proud of its history as a creative base for LGBT singers, conductors, directors, designers, and choreographers. We also stand behind all of our artists, regardless of whether or not they wish to publicly express their personal political opinions. As an institution, the Met deplores the suppression of equal rights here or abroad. But since our mission is artistic, it is not appropriate for our performances to be used by us for political purposes, no matter how noble or right the cause. »
Sincerely yours,
Rachael Walkinton
Senior Executive Assistant to Peter Gelb, The Metropolitan Opera
Our comment: Can this management and can Gergiev and Netrebko simply act as if nothing happened?

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