Ukrainian Diva Changing Netrebko on the Met Wears Her Nation’s Flag


Liudmyla Monastyrska, the Ukrainian soprano, sang the title position in “Turandot” on the Metropolitan Opera on Saturday evening instead of the Russian diva Anna Netrebko, whom the corporate dropped over her previous assist of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

When the efficiency ended, Ms. Monastyrska despatched a pointed message through the curtain calls: she emerged, to applause, wrapped within the Ukrainian flag.

“I needed to assist nevertheless I may,” Ms. Monastyrska mentioned in a latest interview as she ready for Saturday evening’s efficiency. She mentioned that her dad and mom, her son and her brother have been nonetheless in Ukraine. “I take into consideration them each minute and each second,” she mentioned.

Ms. Netrebko, one among opera’s greatest stars, noticed her worldwide engagements dry up after Russia invaded Ukraine due to her previous assist for Mr. Putin. In 2014, she was photographed holding a flag utilized by Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine.

After shedding quite a lot of work within the West, Ms. Netrebko later sought to distance herself from Mr. Putin. “I’m not a member of any political get together nor am I allied with any chief of Russia,” she mentioned in an announcement in late March, noting that she had solely met Mr. Putin “a handful of instances.”

The assertion didn’t change the Met’s place. However Ms. Netrebko was invited to carry out on the Opéra de Monte-Carlo in Monaco, the place she sang the title position in one other Puccini opera, “Manon Lescaut,” on Saturday evening.

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