Netrebko director hits back: ‘Russians just don’t get it’

Hans Neuenfels, whose Munich production of Manon Lescaut has been rocked by Anna Netrebko’s walkout, has accused her of being inflexible and unwilling to explore negatives in the character she plays.

His approach is critical of Manon, a young woman living off a rich old man. Neuenfels says: ‘Maybe in Russia that’s not such a bad thing.’

In German:

Diese Widerstandslosigkeit gegen das Leben mit dem alten, reichen Mann fand ich als Regisseur falsch, genauso wie das Frauenbild, das dahintersteht… Möglicherweise findet man es in Russland als Frau gar nicht schlimm, sich von einem alten, reichen Mann aushalten zu lassen. 

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  • For an educated and intelligent man like Mr.Neuenfels insulting and sweeping comments like this are embarrrasing!Does the booze finally get the better of him,or is it age,or both?

    • It’s just twitter. Little birds or chicken making noise…
      The anti-Russian sentiment in the western mainstream media is indeed worrying. Mental constructs of the “evil Russki” are activated. For what purpose one wonders. I suppose some mighty people want that perpetual war back, it was just the most profitable racket for them.

      • You make a good point that we maybe shouldn’t take seriously what people on Twitter are saying, but that’s what I meant by “ironic” — someone like Levit trying to be taken seriously as an “Artist” and then tweeting that sort of thing.

        And if we do want to recognize Twitter as a legitimate platform for expressing political opinions, then maybe the opinions should be expressed more maturely than “omg guess what so-and-so said in interview!! #how stupid!” Is it the medium that determines the delivery of the message?

        I also don’t understand the desire to be back in the Cold War. Maybe it’s nostalgia..?

        • Re “I also don’t understand the desire to be back in the Cold War. Maybe it’s nostalgia..?”:

          That’s a question to ask Mr. Putin.

      • You mean that Putin, who brought this war back, is an agent of the “international capital”? That would be a scoop.

        We would also love to get some examples of this “anti-Russian” sentiment. You know : anti-RUSSIAN.

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