La Scala tells Gergiev: Condemn invasion or be firedNews
The Mayor of Milan has ordered La Scala to sack the Russian conductor Valery Gergiev unless he comes out promptly with a statement condemning the invasion of Ukraine.
Beppe Sala said: ‘With the superintendent of the theatre Dominique Meyer we are asking him to take a precise position against this invasion. If he does not do it we will be forced to end the collaboration.’
Corriere says the theatre management and the mayor have agreed on a formal letter sent to Gergiev, telling him to write ‘a declaration in favor of peaceful conflict resolution’, in the aftermath of his ‘generous position towards Vladimir Putin.’
This is the first real breach in Gergiev’s international freedom.