Unvaxed opera star may refuse to sing at the MetNews
From a Times feature interview today with the Lithuanian soprano Asmik Grigorian:
She is also due a delayed debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, but the company has announced that all its staff, audiences and artists must be vaccinated. Her response is not a flat refusal, but it’s clear that the blanket imposition of such a rule does not please her. “I don’t like to be pushed, I don’t like to be forced to do anything. If someone says ‘vaccinate or you can’t sing at the Met’ … then I’m not going to do that.”
Grigorian, unvaccinated, is the hottest discovery of the last two festival summers. She will be singing Jenufa at Covent Garden from September 28.
According to a recent NY Times profile, she’s not scheduled to appear at the Met any time in the next five years, although there’s no telling who else might drop out in that time.