The tenor was once finest buddies and Vienna neighbours with the Russian soprano.
However he hasn’t spoken to her since Russia invaded Ukraine.
From as we speak’s NY Occasions:
The connection between Beczala and Netrebko, as soon as his buddy and frequent collaborator, has grow to be strained since Russia invaded Ukraine final 12 months. Netrebko was initially set to star alongside Beczala within the Met’s “Lohengrin.” However she withdrew from the manufacturing and, because the battle started, has been canceled on the Met and confronted different skilled setbacks due to her affiliation with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.
Beczala, an early critic of the battle who has canceled his Russian engagements, mentioned he had not spoken with Netrebko because the invasion. He mentioned that she didn’t do sufficient to oppose it and distance herself from Putin. “I like Anna actually as an artist and a colleague,” he mentioned, “however she made errors.”