New York City's Metropolitan Opera will cut ties with Putin-supporting and Putin-supported artists and institutions until Russia's attack on Ukraine ends, according to a video message released February 27 from Met General Manager Peter Gelb.
"The Metropolitan Opera opens its heart to the innocent victims of the unprovoked war in Ukraine and salutes the heroism of the Ukranian people," Gelb says in the video message. "We stand in solidarity with them and urge the leaders of the free world to support them in their hour of need. We shed tears for them, including their brothers and sisters in Russia, who are also victims of the lies and propaganda of Putin, who seems intent on the destruction of Ukraine, its people, and all personal freedom in Ukraine and in Russia."
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The move comes as many arts organizations with international ties consider measures related to current Russian military aggression in Ukraine. It is unclear what the specific effects on The Met's season will be, though it is thought it could affect a scheduled performance from soprano opera star Anna Netrebko in Puccini's Turandot in April, and a five-year-long collaboration with the Bolshoi Ballet that was set to include a new production of Wagner's Lohengrin next season. The latter has already had planned cinema screenings of their Swan Lake and Pharaoh's Daughter canceled by Fathom Events.