‘We fly in Russian artists via Abu Dhabi and Istanbul’

‘We fly in Russian artists via Abu Dhabi and Istanbul’


norman lebrecht

March 27, 2022

Dietmar Schwartz, director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, has been outlining some of the difficulties of staging next year’s Simon Boccanegra with a Moscow director, Vasily Barkhatov, and his team.

‘We are in contact with the Barkhatov team,’ he said. ‘The set designer can no longer withdraw money. He has to come here from Moscow because the workshops want to start production…’

Barkhatov, 38, ‘has family, his mother, in Moscow. Those are the constraints artists are currently under. Nothing can be taken for granted any more.’

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  • V.Lind says:

    This sounds like an open admission of circumventing European sanctions. But fair enough: the flights are sanctioned, not the artists, except voluntarily by some companies of some artists for some reasons.

    This is how a free society works.

    • Nick says:

      Actually, when people are dying en mass on one side the other “side” should at least feel some discomfort!! I have no problem with “sanctioning” ARTISTS as well as corporations, oligarchs and other reps of the aggressor. They must realize that they REPRESENT the darkness, unless they publicly state otherwise.

  • Very Stupid Guy says:

    Why not just replace all the Russians with Ukrainians? Seems simple enough…

  • Nightowl says:

    Sonic the Hedgehog? Maybe a good choice to replace the lad in the picture above?

  • Una says:

    Well, there is always another way. Same with the pandemic regulations – people found other ways via the most strangest of flights to get into a country.