August 15, 2022
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Liudmyla Monastyrska, the Ukrainian soprano, sang the title position in “Turandot” at the Metropolitan Opera on Saturday evening rather than the Russian diva Anna Netrebko, whom the firm dropped over her previous assist of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

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

“I needed to assist nonetheless I might,” 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 had been nonetheless in Ukraine. “I take into consideration them each minute and each second,” she mentioned.

Ms. Netrebko, certainly one of opera’s largest 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 in the West, Ms. Netrebko later sought to distance herself from Mr. Putin. “I’m not a member of any political social gathering nor am I allied with any chief of Russia,” she mentioned in a press release 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 at 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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