Breaking: Netrebko cancels everything

Breaking: Netrebko cancels everything


norman lebrecht

March 01, 2022

Statement by Anna Netrebko, released by Zurich Opera:

‘This is not a time for me to make music and perform. I have therefore decided to take a step back from performing for the time being. It is an extremely difficult decision for me, but I know that my audience will understand and respect this decision.’

However long their absence, it seems highly unlikely that she and her tenor husband Yusif Eyvazov will ever recover the elite status that they have long enjoyed at the world’s leading opera houses.


  • Gustavo says:

    Classic Diva.

  • Gareth Jones says:

    Oh dear. How sad. Never mind

  • A.L. says:

    Notice how she is now craftily creating a mirage of being in full control of her destiny: “I quit. You don’t fire ME!”. Anyhow, we hear Putin needs a bootlicker and janitor in his rancid bunker.

  • No to war says:

    More likely, she opened her morning post and the schedule plummeted together with the ruble. She also just posted a new photo with Gergiev.

    At least she is open about her views. It’s better than trying to please both sides.

    I feel sad for most of Russian musicians who are vigorously against the war and the regime, and who won’t get to perform outside Russia for years to come

    • Stop Putin says:

      This must not be allowed to happen. It is right and understandable to not employ active supporters of this dictator’s regime, but our Russian friends and colleagues are as horrified and upset as we are (we in the West, I mean – I am not trying to compare it with the suffering of the Ukrainian people). If we are to have any chance of rebuilding Europe post-Putin, we have to keep our Russian friends close.

      • JS says:

        Did Putin fall from the sky? is he a Martian in disguise? or is he an elected Russian president? They choose him as president because they wanted a strong man to rule the county. He was very popular and MOST of them supported him, out of they free will. Maybe NOW they started to realize he’s gone mad but if we’re on the verge of world war we can thank the Russians.

    • A.L. says:

      Indeed today she uploaded a photo to her Instagram of her and Gergiev. This alone speaks volumes and confirms where her loyalties reside. Her earlier “anti war” statement, all too obviously crafted by her agent or publicist in the perfect English she will never have, is rendered NULL by this new gesture of hers. As if we couldn’t read between the lines.

  • Paul B says:

    Her last photo is one with Gergiev… shameful behaviour!
    She quits everything before getting fired from everywhere… tacky!

  • Herbie G says:

    We should be grateful that she has cancelled everything on her own, saving lots of others the time and effort of doing so themselves.

  • Christopher says:

    Finally found an excuse to not display her wobble anymore. Brava.

  • James Weiss says:

    Did you read her Instagram this morning where she calls her critics “shits?” FFS. The woman is not only tone deaf but a complete fool.

  • Russianian says:

    Oh, so now it’s not ok to be associated with Putin’s corruption?
    What were the social justice warriors focused on for the past 30 years… maybe enriching the list of possible genders?

    • guest says:

      You sound bitter. You should rejoice, now you Russians will have your favorite diva all to yourselves. No, the West wasn’t enriching the list of possible genders 30 years ago. About 30 years ago the West was busy inventing the internet for people working in research. The former pet has escaped the laboratory and turned into a monster, and now people like you can wear their tribalism on their sleeve whenever they feel the urge, thanks to the internet. One has to take the bitter with the sweet. And, oh, 30 years ago the former Soviet Union was in shambles, Putin was small fry, and people like you were even more bitter than now, otherwise how should we explain his rise to power? His megalomania must have appealed to some.

  • MMcGrath says:

    Love the phrase “elite status”. Hubbie was riding his wife’s coat tails – otherwise he’d be unknown. She is famous, like Siegfried and Roy were . That does not make her “elite.” Her departure will make room for several up-and-coming singers. Let’s look forward to these discoveries.

  • Justine Castreau says:

    I say we put all those dang ruskys in camps, just like we did with those sneaky japs in WW2. But this time it wouldn’t be a mistake.

  • Roland DiFillipo says:

    They can sing for Putin!

    • Julia says:

      They’ll be honored to do it.

      • guest says:

        Of this I am sure. Trust an AN fan not to understand the implications of what she is writing… As Anna, as fan. Thanks for the good laugh, Julia, and tell Anna to send someone more intelligent next time.

  • Don Ciccio says:

    Leaving apart her appaling politics, I believe in 10 years from now, when we’ll listen to her recordings, our reaction will be: just what were we thinking? *This* was a great star?

    Then we’ll go back to our Callas and Tebaldi (yes, I like them both; deal with it) recordings and enjoy great music making.

    • Harpist says:

      IF we will be around to listening to anything that is!

    • Tristan says:

      there is no comparison to the ones you mention and only a low life like overrated Alexander Pereira made silly comments

    • Julia says:

      Anna is an opera star singing everywhere.
      There’s no singer of her talent at this time.
      Full Operetta Houses when she performs and endless applauses.
      Stop being so jealous.
      It won’t help you.

      • guest says:

        Confusing popularity with excellence. Dear me, if the approval of musically uneducated masses is proof… Honestly, I don’t know what could help you, Julia. Probably nothing.

      • Lana says:

        Operetta IS where she belongs.

  • Bashh says:

    Adio, senza rancor.

  • Tony says:

    I’m assuming the goat she married also canceled or do we have to suffer through his braying for the time being…?

    • guest says:

      He is still listed for the second half of the Adriana Lecouvreur run at La Scala, his first performance scheduled on the 9th.

  • Porca Miseria says:

    So WHO will sing Turandot at the Met? Or anywhere else for that matter?

    • JB says:

      Unfortunately Goerke sings Elektra in Paris in May.

    • Kenny says:

      C’mon, she was never going to show up to make a fool of herself for five “performances” of that there. A fool’s errand to part with money for it.

  • guest says:

    Judging from her bile, life in the West, among nekulturny, must have been very trying for her delicate sensibilities. Poor woman. Why not renounce the Austrian citizenship and retire for ever to Russia? There she would be among people who understand her, and whom she understands. Win-win.

    • Julia says:

      I hear corrupt Western advises.
      Russians don’t sale their souls and stand for a Justice.
      There’s different Upbringing
      In Patriotism.

      • guest says:

        I read illiterate Russian propaganda of a Putin troll. Don’t be shy, you are allowed to use emojis too, not just hahahaha.

  • Bloom says:

    I guess making/listening to music is very difficult for everyone right now. This is a better time for firing arms, launching missiles and uttering ultimatums than for arts.

  • drummerman says:

    Who is this woman in the photo? Certainly not Netrebko.

  • Me says:

    I guess Some big fashion houses ( don t want to name them) will be sorry about this.

  • Jim says:

    Interesting to see the pile-on happening here. It was not long ago that she was a darling.
    Often the most interesting aspect of the story is not the story itself but the surrounding commentary, the quality of which tends to diminish as the complexity of the story increases.

  • MMcGrath says:

    Ironic, isn’t it? She worked so hard to become the darling of the world, the society Queen, the Instagram influencer, the cultured yet proletarian diva, the glam gal on the cover of society and hausfrau magazines the world over. She delivered some stunning performances at the outset of her career. Then: The mob raised her up. Now: The mob throws her down. And her response to fans is both this incredibly tacky picture and a “F-U” photo with Gergiev.

  • philgreene says:

    I Love Anna now and forever

    • Felix says:

      I’m a fan as well. I don’t understand why everyone is so upset with her since she has already released a statement condemning the war. She can’t just spew off hateful rhetoric publicly against Putin. If she did, wouldn’t that put not only her life in jeopardy but her family as well? Keep in mind that Putin is literally insane. She’s protecting her family by not publicly condemning Putin. Why don’t people see that. Easy to condemn him from a free country. Anna doesn’t have that luxury.

  • Daniel NYC says:

    Good riddance. Highly overrated to begin with. Let her go back to doing her former day job as a cleaning lady. Heard she had a real talent cleaning toilets. Maybe her benefactor PUTIN can use her skills cleaning toilets in the Kremlin.

  • Cantantelirico says:

    Such an unfortunate way to end magnificent and illustrious career. She’s not what many have painted her to be. Many whom have spoken so cruelly about her here in this impotent forum are the same ones who would have licked her stilettos when she was at the pinnacle of her powers.

    • guest says:

      Only fans think of licking, the rest of us prefer to listen to music. Thanks for outing yourself. Her music lacked from the very beginning – there never was a pinnacle of anything, least of all of artistry, there only was a less cringeworthy voice production.

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    From everything I’ve read, it sounds as though she could use a break from the world, and the world could use a break from her. Maybe this will give her time to pause and think things over. Like Gergiev, she needs to be a more centered and focused artist – not try to take on hundred different roles. Am I wrong?

  • Ramón says:

    Anna has been relying on former success for the past five years at least. Her singing is not going to get any better; nobody with ears to hear is going to pay $$$ for a ¢ performance…. I fear this is the end of her career.

  • Cristian says:

    I was a great fan of hers especially when she sang alongside Rolando Villazon.
    But after her Mickey Mouse husband refused to sing together with armenian soprano Ruzan Mantashyan for “political reasons” and she agreed , this changed my opinion …

    • Felix says:

      Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Wasn’t at all aware of this! I guess we’re all hypocrites to some extent. Still, Anna has already voiced her disapproval of Putin’s war. In my opinion, that should be enough to leave her alone. Regardless, thanks for that important fact.

  • W. BURG says:

    Please , beloved Anna , come back soon

  • Samira Timur says:

    Anna’s success was a low-level start. She seduced every man to be a sponsor ( her apt in Vienna, her dresses, etc…) until she made it to Putin. He sponsored her career all the way through. It wasn’t really her singing. She sang all the wrong roles and cashed. Her ugly eccentric dresses, her omni presence was too much! She was overrated. Karma !! The end of a short story. She can return with her loud hubby back home ! I will not miss her. She was far away from artistry. But she can clean well. Including Putins bunker.

  • Proud of Ukrainian heritage says:

    I felt that she has long been out of touch. Back in 2020, the Met had several artists performing arias around the world, most of them in their living rooms, but Netrebko had to rent a palatial Vienna riding stable, ornate with gold and ivory. This came at a time when the whole world was still pretty much locked down, really elitist and clueless.

  • Michaeli says:

    Such à small loss, her and him

  • Susanna says:

    Good riddance! There are many dramatic Sopranos better than her, and they don’t suck up to Putin. She’d never be so famous if she didn’t have all that DG money promoting her.

    • guest says:

      She isn’t a dramatic soprano. She isn’t a lyric soprano anymore. She is just a loud soprano with darkened voice, impaired diction, a wobble, short breath, no agility, no style, and who works very hard to establish a new record in off pitch singing.

  • Richard Parent says:

    I have always admired Anna’s artistry. I’m so proud of her talking a stance against the international woke establishment. Anna is supporting her county. Some would call that Patriotism. Ostracizing her and other artists. athletes, a others from all walks of life is reprehensible. The crisis at hand is an issue between Russia and Ukraine. Russia has very legitimate concerns about the West and the American agenda of isolating Russia.
    Brava Anna.

    • guest says:

      Which part of her “artistry” do you admire? Her vulgarity? Her sloppiness? Her wobble? Her off pitch singing?

      Anna is supporting Putin, not her country. Did the Russian population vote for the invasion?
      “Russia has very legitimate concerns about the West” You don’t say so. Concerns, and legitimate. And the “legitimacy” of the concerns gives Putin the right to shell children in Ukraine. You’re sick. As sick as Putin, who in his last encounter with Maron denied of having bombed Kyiv.

  • Ray Drury says:

    She was given a chance to strongly denounce Putin. She refused. This is not cancel culture akin to Whoopi Goldberg saying something inappropriate and being suspended for 2 weeks – it is Netrebko aligning herself with a mass murderer and tacitly approving of Putin’s madness. A stark difference