The Russian baritone Yevgeny Nikitin has been forced to leave Bayreuth, where he was to sing to titled role in Flying Dutchman, after TV cameras picked up a large tattoo of the Nazi emblem on his chest.
Nikitin said he’d had it done when he was young and foolish, but after the symbol was shown on ZDF’s Aspekte program he had nowhere to go today but out. See picture here.
That leaves Bayreuth four days to find a new Dutchman for its only new production. The festival opens Wednesday. More here.
Nikitin is one of Valery Gergiev’s home-bred stars at the Mariinsky in St Petersburg.