Anna Netrebko receives US legal supportNews
The Russian soprano who was fired by the Met has now benefited from an opinion from the controversial legal authority Alan Dershowitz, challenging her dismissal.
Dershowitz says: ‘The Metropolitan Opera’s decision to fire her, at least in part, because of her national origin, may put my beloved opera company on the wrong side of anti-discrimination law. Her views would probably not have become the subject of political scrutiny if not for her national origin. And that may be enough to violate the anti-discrimination rules.’
He adds: ‘The Met fired her on the ground that she is Russian and did not sufficiently condemn Vladimir Putin for waging war in Ukraine. She did condemn the war, but refused to condemn Putin personally. If she had, she would be endangering her family, friends and her own ability to ever return safely to her homeland.’
The opinion has been circulated on pro-Russian websites.