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Yusif Eyvazov, an Azerbaijani opera singer and husband of Russian opera star Anna Netrebko, has been fired from a production of Tosca by the Metropolitan Opera. The decision was made due to Eyvazov’s relationship with Netrebko and comments he made last year criticizing soprano Angel Blue. The company did not want to disrespect Ukrainian soprano Lyudmila Monastyrskaya, who will perform Tosca in four shows. The Metropolitan Opera has confirmed that Eyvazov will be compensated for the canceled performances, and a replacement for him has not yet been announced.
The Metropolitan Opera fired Anna Netrebko’s husband, tenor Yusif Eyvazov
The Metropolitan Opera has fired Azerbaijani opera singer and husband of Russian opera singer Anna Netrebko Yusif Eyvazov from a production of Tosca. Opera Wire writes about it.
The company said that Eyvazov’s relationship with Anna Netrebko was a problem, and they did not want to disrespect the Ukrainian soprano Lyudmila Monastyrskaya, who will perform Tosca in four performances.
General manager Peter Gelb added: “I had hoped Eyvazov would drop the production himself, but decided to fire him primarily because of comments he made last year criticizing soprano Angel Blue after photos of Netrebko and other artists performing in dark make-up. “.
Monastyrskaya had already performed in the same make-up in the same Verona production before Netrebko took over. Ukrainian in many productions performed with Eyvazov.
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The Metropolitan Opera announced that he would be compensated for the canceled performances.
Who will replace him is not yet known.
Who is Eyvazov
According to Wikipedia, Yusif Vilayat oglu Eyvazov is an Azerbaijani opera singer, dramatic tenor, Honored Artist of Azerbaijan, People’s Artist of Azerbaijan.
Eyvazov performs at famous opera venues such as the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, the Vienna State Opera, the Bolshoi Theater, the Paris National Opera and others.
Winner of the Grand Prix of an international competition in Italy, winner of the Gianandrea Gavazzeni Medal of Honor. In 2012, he won the VI International Vocal Competition named after Polad Bulbul oglu in Baku.
Since December 29, 2015, the singer has been married to the Russian and Austrian opera diva Anna Netrebko. They met in February 2014 in Rome at a rehearsal, the engagement took place in the summer of that year in Salzburg. They live together in Vienna.
In February 2022, Yusif condemned the war with Ukraine, where he has “many relatives and friends.” But at the same time, on December 14, 2022, he had a concert in Moscow’s Crocus City Hall, although Anna Netrebko herself refuses to perform in her homeland because of the war with Ukraine. Anna was also fired from the Metropolitan Opera a little earlier.
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