Dmitry Korchak to Conduct Pro-Putin Soprano Hibla Gerzmava in Moscow

By Francisco Salazar

On April 19, Dmitry Korchak will conduct the Moscow Virtuosi State Chamber Orchestra and Moscow Synodal Choir at the Moscow International Performing arts Center.

The tenor turned conductor will lead the oratorio by Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeev), recreating the drama of the last days of Jesus Christ.

The concert will include Pro-Putin soprano Hibla Gerzmava, Agunda Kulaeva, Alexei Tatarintsev, and Vasily Ladiuk.

Korchak is the latest artist with an international career to perform in Russia during the war in Ukraine at a Putin-funded concert hall following Ildar Abdrazakov, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov, Anna Nechaeva, Alexey Markov, Roman Burdenko, Evgeny Nikitin, and Albina Shagimuratova, among others.

Gerzmava has been performing steadily in Russia throughout the war and is still set to perform at the Metropolitan Opera, even though the company has stated it will not hire Putin-supported artists. Kulaeva is a principal performer at the Bolshoi Theatre, while Tatarintsev is performing at the Bolshoi Theatre, and Ladiuk is set to perform in Moscow throughout the next months.