The opera house in war-torn Donetsk, which received a million devalued rubles from Anna Netrebko and arranged for her to be photographed with a separatist flag, has now announced it has invited Valery Gergiev to conduct a forthcoming tour.
Evgeny Denisenko, director of Donetsk Opera and Ballet told the Russian News Agency: ‘This man is a hero. When there were events in Tskhinvali (during Putin’s war against Georgia), he went there with the Mariinsky orchestra. For me it was a shock and an achievement. He is a brave man and a world-class conductor. I think he will respond to our invitation.’
Gergiev has supported the Russian president in every military action.