Keri-Lynn WIlson Addresses ‘Tosca’ Performances at the Teatro Colon

By Francisco Salazar

Keri-Lynn Wilson did not want to conduct Anna Netrebko at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.

The conductor, who was originally set to conduct the soprano in a production of “Tosca” told she the AP, “I said, ‘I’m sorry, I can’t perform with Ms. Netrebko.”

The theater then said, “‘Don’t worry, she’s bringing her own conductor.’ So it was fine. Fortunately, I have all the rehearsals. She’s just stepping in the middle.”

(Update: Per the Associated Press, the other conductor will also get rehearsals)

The conductor’s comments came in regard to the cancelation of Russian works but noted that she drew a line between Russian works and performers who supported the Putin Regime.

However, Netrebko has condemned the war on three occasions and has not returned to Russia where she was banned from performing at several theaters and called a traitor.

Wilson is currently performing “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk” which OperaWire praised stating “Keri-Lynn Wilson shined.” The conductor is next set to perform alongside Ekaterina Semenchuk in Bordeaux; Semenchuk has been a constant presence at the Mariinsky Theatre since Russia invaded Ukraine earlier this year and has performed frequently alongside Putin supporter Valery Gergiev.