Angela Merkel condemns Anna Netrebko

Angela Merkel condemns Anna Netrebko


norman lebrecht

June 09, 2022

In her first foreign-policy interview since stepping down as German Chancellor, Frau Merkel spoke out this week against a boycott of Russian culture and artists.

However, she singled out the soprano Anna Netrebko as someone she would not invite to dinner.

‘Politically, she has already done things that I absolutely condemn,’ said Merkel, giving no further details.


  • Gustavo says:

    It’s always easy to make somebody the scapegoat.

    How about investigating in your own ranks first?

  • Helene Kamioner says:

    Germany plays Russian anthem like you’ve never heard it before

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  • A.L. says:

    Good for Merkel. No matter how Netrebko’s publicists frame it for her, she remains an insincere, self-centered, crass opportunist.

  • Maria says:

    Does Angela Merkel really have to be so blatent and hateful, and as a practising Christian herself? And it really need to be on here, and all ready to be taken out of context and more unnecessary Netrebko-bashing?

  • IP says:

    Sure. I vividly remember Netrebko building Nord Stream 2.

  • Tiredofitall says:

    “Ich finde es nicht richtig” (Quote from Ms. Netrebko in “Die Zeit” from last week)

    Really?? That’s the best you can offer after the slaughter and dislocation of thousands of human beings?

    On the other hand, I’d invite Mrs. Merkel for dinner anytime she’s free….

  • Lucia says:

    Can someone please explain how and why Merkel’s opinion on anything is relevant nowadays? Is she an active political figure? No, a has been. Is she a music connoisseur? She chose music by a punk rocker for her farewell ceremony… Yeah, in a way she is… Maybe she should just stay where she is and not butt into the world of classical music she has no idea about? Anna is a star, and Merkel’s jig is up.

  • PaulD says:

    Has she condemned her predecessor Gerhard Schroeder for feeding on Russian money?

  • austria for a corrupt century says:

    Austria’s reputation as a hub for legal espionage and shadowy business practices and as a haven for the elite, including wealthy Russians, dates to the decades following World War II — a function of opaque corporate regulations and generous tax laws, not to mention Vienna’s draw for spies and foreign intelligence services.
    That atmosphere persists to this day.

    Seichin – Rosneft’s holidays via an austrian private plane company

    Netrebko lives guess where?

    Remember that funny Austrian guy with a moustache and the Crimean “anschluss” 2014 ?
    Sudetenland is ours
    Krim Nash

  • William Osborne says:

    Says Merkel under whose administration the Nordstream pipelines were built that now send hundreds of millions of euros a day to Russia.

  • music lover says:

    Merkel is a shameless opportunist.She and her government sucked up to Putin for years,even after the crimea annexation.She didn´t even condemn the annexation.She made numerous deals with him,nordstream 2 being only the tip of the iceberg…She always was a hypocritical,lying scumbag.A macchiavellistic,power hungry ,highly incompetent ,cynical power politician,hiding behind her aunt like mask.

  • just saying says:

    Is it safe to say we’ve jumped the shark on all the Netrebko posts, if this is what counts as the latest “news” about her?

    • Diane Valerie says:

      Alas, I fear not. The combination of “Netrebko” and “Merkel” in one headline can guarantee a tsunami of prolix bile fests from the usual suspects.

  • Karl says:

    die mutti angela
    „wir schaffen das“ merkel
    besser vor der eigenen türe kehren