NEW YORK – Valery Gergiev, a conductor close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, will not conduct the Vienna Philharmonic on a five-concert US tour that begins Friday night at Carnegie Hall.
The 68-year-old Russian conductor is the musical director of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia, where the White Nights Festival is held, and he is the principal conductor of the Munich Philharmonic. He received the Russian Federation’s Labor Hero Award, which Putin revived in 2013, and often expressed support for Putin, who was widely condemned for ordering an invasion of Ukraine that began on Thursday.
“This change is due to recent world events,” said Carnegie Hall spokeswoman Synneve Carlino.
Ron Boling, a spokesman for the orchestra, said the Philharmonic did not want to comment when asked if the decision was made by the orchestra, Gergiev or Carnegie.
The move came after Milan’s famous Teatro alla Scala sent a letter to Gergiev asking him to make a clear statement in favor of a peaceful resolution in Ukraine, or he would not be allowed to return to complete his commitment to directing “The Queen of swords “by Tchaikovsky. ”.
Gergiev was slightly disputed by the audience during a performance on Wednesday night, but the situation changed dramatically with the Russian invasion overnight, theater spokesman Paolo Besana said. He is scheduled to appear in Milan on March 5.
The mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, who is the president of La Scala, said the request was made because Gergiev had declared his closeness to Russian President Vladimir Putin on several occasions.
“We ask you to take a clear stand against this invasion, and in the event that you do not, we are forced to renounce collaboration,” Sala said. “It is clear that culture can go to other levels, but in this situation we must act.”
The online publications of the last few days had promised protests in Carnegie Hall, where Gergiev would conduct the Vienna Philharmonic on Friday and Saturday evenings, and on Sunday afternoons. The orchestra then travels to Hayes Hall in Naples, Florida, for performances on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Metropolitan Opera music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will replace Gergiev for Carnegie concerts, creating a busy schedule before Nézet-Séguin leads the Met premiere of Verdi’s original French version of “Don Carlos” in a performance of five o’clock on Monday night.
Russian pianist Denis Matsuev will not perform as planned on Friday. In 2014, Matsuev said he supported Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
Vienna said weekend programs would remain unchanged and a soloist would be announced along with a director for the Florida concerts.
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Putin’s friend Gergiev has left the Vienna Philharmonic for the United States
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