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Index – Culture – The end of Gergiev’s Russian career as a musician

Index - Culture - The end of Gergiev's Russian career as a musician

March 1, 2022 16:41

Valery Gergiev did not condemn the invasion of Ukraine, which spoiled his career: his concerts were canceled one after another, and he is not tolerated in the great concert halls of the world.

The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra has been separated from Valery Gergiev because of his links to Putin, he writes BBC. A close friend and supporter of the Russian president has come under increasing pressure over the past week to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter gave him an ultimatum, saying he would be fired if he did not condemn Putin’s actions by Monday. Upon expiration, Reiter terminated the musician’s contract with immediate effect.

The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra could not give more concerts under its supervision

– stated in the mayor’s statement.

Gergiev did not condemn the invasion of Ukraine, and this ruined his career. The hosted conductor has been kicked out of major festivals and many of his upcoming concerts have been cancelled. On Monday, the Edinburgh International Festival, of which he was honorary chairperson, requested and accepted his resignation. “Edinburgh has a brotherly relationship with Kyiv, working in a spirit of sympathy and support for its citizens,” the council said in a statement.

Gergiev is currently Tchaikovsky queen of spades He runs his essay at Scala in Milan, where the audience whistled last week. The opera house issued an ultimatum here, too: if it does not condemn the Russian system, it will be expelled on March 5. The Rotterdam Philharmonic has also announced that it will quit this year’s long-running Gergiev festival if the conductor does not withdraw support from Putin, and the Swiss festival Verbier has asked the conductor to resign as music director. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra In his three weekend performances at Carnegie Hall, music director Yannick Vu Seguin of the New York Metropolitan Opera replaced Gergiev.

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Born in Moscow in 1953, Gergiev is the 21st best artist in the Russian opera repertoire. Translator of the Century – writes BBC. Putin’s stance overshadows the career of a former conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. He also previously supported Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Gergiev’s manager, Markus Felsner, also cut his relationship with the musician on Monday, calling it the saddest day of his career. Felsner wrote in a statement calling Gergiev the greatest living leader.

(Cover Photo: Valery Gergiev on September 6, 2021. Photo: MTI / EPA / Robert Gement)

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