Anna Netrebko: Please can I have my career backNews
The sanctioned Russian soprano has just issued a new statement on her political disinvolvement:
STATEMENT FROM ANNA NETREBKO
FOLLOWING RECENT MEDIA REPORTS
“I expressly condemn the war on Ukraine and my thoughts are with the victims of this war and their families. My position is clear. I am not a member of any political party nor am I allied with any leader of Russia. I acknowledge and regret that past actions or statements of mine could have been misinterpreted. In fact, I have met President Putin only a handful of times in my entire life, most notably on the occasion of receiving awards in recognition of my art or at the Olympics opening ceremony. I have otherwise never received any financial support from the Russian Government, and live and am a tax resident in Austria. I love my homeland of Russia and only seek peace and unity through my art. After taking my announced break, I will resume performing in late May, initially in Europe.”
She does not mention her longstanding support for the Russian-backed separatists in Ukrainian Crimea.