Anna Netrebko Withdraws from Upcoming Met Opera Engagements

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Tim Osipov)

The Metropolitan Opera has announced that Anna Netrebko has withdrawn from upcoming productions.

The company noted that in “not complying with the Met’s condition that she repudiate her public support for Vladimir Putin while he wages war on Ukraine, soprano Anna Netrebko has withdrawn from her upcoming Met performances in Puccini’s ‘Turandot’ this April and May, as well as the run of Verdi’s Don Carlo next season.”

General Manager Peter Gelb said, “It is a great artistic loss for the Met and for opera. Anna is one of the greatest singers in Met history, but with Putin killing innocent victims in Ukraine, there was no way forward.”

In a New York Times interview, Gelb said, “It’s hard to imagine a scenario in which she will return to the Met.”

Netrebko will be replaced in “Turandot” by soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska and a replacement for the role of Elisabeth de Valois in the 2022–23 performances of “Don Carlo” will be announced at a later date.

The spring run of “Turandot” is conducted by Marco Armiliato and also stars Yonghoon Lee as Calàf, Ermonela Jaho as Liù, and Ferruccio Furlanetto as Timur. “Don Carlo” is set to star Russell Thomas, Anita Rachvelishvili, John Relyea, Peter Mattei, and Gunther Groissbock.