A day after he was dropped from concerts at Carnegie Hall, Russian star conductor Valery Gergiev on Friday faced growing anger over his record of supporting Russian President Vladimir Putin of Russia. , with several leading European organizations – including the Munich Philharmonic, of which Mr. Gergiev is commander – threatening to cut ties with him unless he denounces Mr. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
The blast, which included Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, is a rare rebuke to a giant of the classical music industry and it reflects growing global outrage over the attack. Putin’s ongoing military action in Ukraine.
Gergiev, 68, one of Russia’s most prominent cultural ambassadors, is currently shunned for his ties to Putin, his longtime friend and benefactor. He appears to be in danger of losing several important posts, including the podium in Munich and honorary conductor of the Rotterdam Symphony Orchestra.
The mayor of Munich, Dieter Reiter, issued an ultimatum on Friday, saying Mr Gergiev must denounce “the brutal war of aggression that Putin is waging against Ukraine” by Monday or be punished. fired by the orchestra, three years before his contract expired.
Rotterdam Symphony Orchestra offer a similar warning, threatening to cancel the “Gergiev Festival”, scheduled for September. Teatro alla Scala in Milan said Mr. Gergiev would be excluded from upcoming performances of “Queen of Spades” by Tchaikovsky and other skirmishes if he did not immediately call for peace.
Gergiev did not respond to a request for comment from The New York Times.
The uproar has dealt a blow to Mr. Gergiev, who has built a busy international career while maintaining deep ties to the Russian state, including as general director and artistic director. of the Mariinsky Theater in St.Petersburg.
Mr. Putin has been crucial to Mr. Gergiev’s success, financing his theater and awarding him with awards. Mr. Gergiev has emerged as a prominent supporter of Mr. Putin, endorsing his re-election and appearing at concerts in Russia and abroad to promote his policies. The two have known each other since the early 1990s, when Mr. Putin was an official in St. Petersburg and Mr. Gergiev was beginning the leadership of Mariinsky, then known as Kirov.
Western cultural institutions have largely extended beyond Gergiev’s relationship with Putin, even as the commander has been the target of repeated protests over the past decade at Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera and other places.
Mr. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine this week has put fresh pressure on art leaders to rethink their relationship with Mr. Gergiev. After a hastily arranged meeting on Thursday morning, Carnegie Hall and the Vienna Philharmonic announced that Gergiev would no longer conduct the orchestra in three high-profile concerts starting Friday night. Russian pianist Denis Matsuev, who was scheduled to perform with Gergiev and the Philharmonic on Friday, and who has expressed support for Mr. Putin’s policies in the past, was also excluded from the programme. .
Clive Gillinson, Carnegie’s artistic and executive director, who previously said Mr. Gergiev should not be punished for his political views, said in an interview on Friday that he and the Philharmonic had come to a conclusion. that it was “unbearable” for Mr. Gergiev and Mr. Matsuev performed because of their relationship with Mr. Putin.
Understanding Russia’s Attack on Ukraine
What is the root cause of this invasion? Russia considers Ukraine to be within its natural sphere of influence, and it is extremely worried about Ukraine’s proximity to the West and the prospect of it joining NATO or the European Union. Although Ukraine is also not included in this category, it receives financial and military aid from the United States and Europe.
“Unfortunately, we all feel this situation is world-changing,” he said, referring to the Ukraine invasion.
Mr. Gillinson said there had been no change to the times Mr. Gergiev is scheduled to appear at Carnegie in May with the Mariinsky Orchestra. Mr. Gergiev and Mr. Matsuev have also been excluded from next week’s concerts in Naples, Fla., with the Vienna Philharmonic, whose president said recently on Sunday that Mr. Gergiev is a talented artist and will be on the podium for Carnegie concerts.
Daniel Froschauer, the orchestra’s president, said in a later interview with The New York Times: “He’s going to be a performer, not a politician.
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