Some 1,100 people in five days have signed composer Andrew Rudin’s appeal to the Met (click to sign) to make its opening gala a protest against Putin’s anti-gay laws. The opening night features soprano Ana Netrebko and conductor Valery Gergiev, both outspoken supporters of President Putin.
The opening night features Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. ”They are about to present a work ironically of the most famous homosexual in all of music,” says Rudin. “The Metropolitan Opera is pretending none of this is happening.”
Meanwhile, Lady Gaga has joined a rising chorus of cultural protests against the new anti-gay laws, calling them archaic. ‘Why didn’t you arrest me while you had the chance, Russia?’ she tweeted.
Putin’s pet soprano