National Opera of Belgium announces season “in which Russian titles feature more prominently than ever”


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In an obvious effort to counter the intensive Russophobia that has taken hold of the European and North American new music and inventive environment generally, the National Opera of Belgium, to its credit score, has introduced “a totally unplanned-for season in which Russian titles function more prominently than at any time.”

Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels (Picture credit–EmDee)

Those functions contain the operas The Queen of Spades (1890) and Eugene Onegin (1879) by Tchaikovsky and The Nose (1930) by Shostakovich, together with items by Russian composers Prokofiev, Glinka, Glière, Rachmaninoff and Rimsky-Korsakov highlighted in many concerts and recitals.

As we have observed on the WSWS, exceptional Russian conductors, singers and musicians these kinds of as Valery Gergiev, Tugan Sokhiev, Anna Netrebko and Alexander Malofeev have come to be victims of the lynch mob ambiance incited by the Biden administration and Western European governments. The anti-Russian propaganda is aimed the two at stupefying the numerous populations and stampeding them into war and at concealing the cynical way in which the conflict has been deliberately provoked and ignited by the US and its NATO allies.

In a press launch, Peter de Caluwe, the common and inventive director of La Monnaie (the organization requires its identify from the Brussels opera residence in which it performs, at the time the site of a authorities mint), discussed the company’s reasoning.

“We are informed,” noticed de Caluwe, “that this programming may well perfectly increase inquiries and possibly even induce discussion or dismay. We have nonetheless made a decision to run with what was prepared, or rather, what has turn into a cluster of Russian titles to be done in 1 and the identical period as a end result of the COVID pandemic avoiding us from performing them according to the unique plan.” The director ongoing, pointedly, “So although the cluster was not intentional, it delivers us with an surprising prospect to endorse our intrinsic mission: to unite, deliver collectively and establish bridges among individuals.”

By Harriet