Azeri Tenor Forces Armenian Soprano Out of Musical Event

Ruzan Mantashyan (left) and Yusif Eyvazov

Ruzan Mantashyan (left) and Yusif Eyvazov

Armenia’s Ruzan Mantashyan was invited to perform at The Semper Opera Ball, a classical entertainment event in Dresden, Germany. She was scheduled to sing a duet with an American tenor; however, he was unavailable to perform. As a result, the opera house replaced the American tenor with Azerbaijan’s Yusif Eyvazov, husband of world-renowned soprano Anna Netrebko.

At first, Eyvazov was more than willing to perform at the opera house, until he learned that he was paired with a soprano from Armenia. After realizing Mantashyan’s ethnicity, Eyvazov refused to partake in the performance. Instead, he demanded she be fired from the program altogether. As a result of his outburst, the Dresden organizers rescinded Mantashyan’s invitation, in order to retain Eyvazov.

World famous opera singer Hasmik Papian commented on the incident, writing: “Where have we reached?… Singer Yusif Eyvazov, the husband of Azerbaijani soprano Anna Netrebko has refused to sing with Armenian singer Ruzan Mantashyan, citing her being Armenian, which means for political reasons. I have sang in the mentioned opera theatre and I cannot recall any similar incident. I plan to raise my voice of protest.”

The Semperoper Dresden is preparing for its annual ball, which is set to take place on February 7.

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