By Sonia Koshkina, Editor-in Chief at Levyi Bereh [Left Bank], LB.ua
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine
Now my turn has come for disappointment. Hard disappointment.
Many of you know that I love classical music. A lot. Like crazy. I don’t think I need to explain who Anna Netrebko is in the world of modern classical. A living legend is the most vegetarian of definitions.
A good portion of my whole home collection is her recordings. And how they sing the duet with Vilazon!!! And the concert together with Hvorostovsky on the Red Square? I loved it so much, [I] listened to it for hours at a time. Haven’t put it on for over a year. And now don’t know when I’ll put it on next. If at all.
Because, there are things in life that cannot be justified by any: “art is outside of politics.”
I confess: when she came out together with [Oleg] Tsarov, I tried, in a cowardly way, to “cover it up” by thinking she is brainwashed by Russia Today and such – and simply does not quite understand who he is. It was said: he was invited, as a media person, so that the aid [Netrebko’s donation] does not get “lost.” Well, that’s sort of logical.
But after this photo here, God forgive me, no doubt remains. I saw it from a friend, I wrote – “send me a pic of this vatnik.”
Ugh, – I think, – could I have ever imagined that I would say that about Netrebko? The best Traviata in the world – hers, and now… honestly, how the regime cripples people’s brains ((
Considering, she lives in Austria, but is so smart as to wear a t-shirt with the words “To Berlin!” What the actual fuck? ((( Austrian airlines, whom she represented, broke off the contract with her after the photosession with Tsarov. But this I think is only the beginning.
Marlene Dietrich was the favourite actress and singer of Hitler. In the nascent Nazi empire she could have become the number one star. She could have had everything.
But she left what she had, renounced her citizenship and moved to the USA. When the war began she toured on the front lines, performing before the soldiers. Unlike Netrebko, she was able to distinguish good from evil.
Source: Sonia Koshkina FB