Anna Netrebko has broken her boycott at Monte Carlo

Anna Netrebko has broken her boycott at Monte Carlo


norman lebrecht

April 24, 2022

The Russian soprano has picked the war lock on her stalled career in a stand-in Friday night performance of Manon Lescaut in the oligarch-favoured Mediterranean principality.

Her performance on April 27 will be streamed on

photo: Alain Hanel – OMC


  • Pianofortissimo says:

    If life is short, their voices are even shorter.

  • Jonathan Sutherland says:

    Considering the Grimaldi family were originally Genovese pirates, any expectation of ethics, principles or morality in the Principality of Monaco is patently absurd.
    Locals remember the curious case of billionaire banker Edmond Safra who died of alleged asphyxiation in 1999 in what was believed to be the work of the Russian mafia.
    Gentrified pirates, tuxedo-ed gangsters and black American Express card- carrying criminals proliferate this 28 hectares of obscene wealth and tax-avoiding hedonists.
    To expect L’Opéra de Monte-Carlo to show an iota of integrity or political sensitivity is as unlikely as seeing a homeless gitane dining at le Louis XV in the Hôtel de Paris.
    Somerset Maughan described Monaco as “a sunny place for shady people” which should make Donna Anna feel absolutely chez elle.
    Honte à l’opéra, honte au régime princier.

    • guest says:

      AN has sung Manon Lescaut last time six years ago. She has in all likelihood completely forgotten the text and the score; she is unfamiliar with the production. And we should believe she jumped in _at short notice_ for an “indisposed” Agresta? When pigs fly. This was arranged at least one month in advance. I’d like to know what kind of argument “persuaded” Agresta to fall ill so providentially for AN.

    • Charles Robin Broad says:

      Anna Netrebko like Nellie Melba, Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland and others who one recognizes as the greatest sopranos of the world, should not be critisized for their deeds,social or political…. like Calico Jack a pirate with a good heart who hung out in the Monte Carlo area and invested his wealth there, she is gracing the country and its Opera House with her astounding talents…so be it. Let’s not punish artists and musicians for what Putin and the Obligarchs are doing to Ukraine, but accept the fact that such “divinely gifted’ artistes can do know wrong.

      • Ex-Muso says:

        Patently hilarious to compare Netrebko to Callas and Sutherland. There are certainly others working today for whom that comparison might be appropriate but Netrebko is and has always been a tedious mediocrity, both musically and dramatically.

      • MPMcGrath says:

        You put Netrebko with Callas and SUTHERLAND?

    • Sylvia says:

      Hi Jonathan, I’ve just read your scintillating Netrebko piece. How are you? And where are you? Trust all’s well. Best, Sylvia. X X

    • Sylvia says:

      Nice jolly pic!

  • Potpourri says:

    You included four insults in one sentence (“picked the war lock,” “stalled career,” “stand-‘in performance,” and “oligarch favored.” I will be watching the great soprano, Anna Netrebko, on April 27 on

  • Michael Egerton says:

    By refusing out right condemnation of the Ukraine war and Putin, Netrebko has brought opprobrium on herself
    blighting her own career.
    I have no sympathy for her procrastination whilst millions of innocent people are being slaughtered.

    • Perspective says:

      What part of her war-condemning statements have you missed? Those dictated by your blind hatred or by your reading/understanding deficiencies?

  • miranda says:

    The world should boycott Monte Carlo Opera for this incredible inhuman gesture.

  • Karen Hardy says:

    That may all be true, but the treatment of Netrebko by opera houses has been outrageous. She, who is a Russian and Austrian citizen and has lived in Vienna for a long time, is not friends with Putin, has distanced herself early from war, although only lately from Putin’s Ukrainian war.
    I certainly will watch Monte Carlo instead of the METs Aida.

  • Save the MET says:

    Monte Carlo, a sunny place for shady people.

  • Roderick Nash says:

    Anna Netrebko has betrayed the art of opera. She has emerged as the true Lady Macbeth of our time.