We hear from those present that opening night at the Met was dominated by the Russian agenda. Peter Gelb, the company’s general manager, inserted in the gala programme his Bloomberg article explaining why he was not dedicating the night to victims of Putin’s oppressive state. The article served only to direct attention to that oppression.
A gay demonstration outside was promptly reported in the parish newspaper.
Valery Gergiev’s media machine went silent. Anna Netrebko simpered at the cameras. No-one left the Met unaware that Russia has a human rights problem.