A Russian opera house announced on Thursday the cancellation of a concert by opera star Anna Netrebko over her comments on the military intervention launched by Moscow in neighboring Ukraine.

The 50-year-old soprano, who lives in the Austrian capital, Vienna, “condemned” the operation on Wednesday after having seen, like other Russian artists in Europe and United Statespressured to take a stand.

The Novosibirsk Opera House in Siberia canceled a concert that was planned there on June 2.

“Live in Europe and having the chance to perform in European concert halls seems more important (to her) than the fate of her homeland,” he said in a statement.

But “our country is brimming with talent and the idols of today will be replaced by others with a clear civic position,” he added.

Netrebko, who had expressed views favorable to the Kremlin over the years and in 2014 he posed with a flag of pro-Russian separatists from the Donetsk region of Ukraine, he also has Austrian nationality.

His sentence on Wednesday was not enough for the Metropolitan Opera of New York reconsider the veto imposed on their actions.



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