Soprano Anna Netrebko Dropped By Management Agency

Center Stage Artist Management will no longer be representing Netrebko, amidst controversy about the singer's ties to Vladimir Putin

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Russian soprano Anna Netrebko has been quietly removed from the website of Center Stage Artist Management (CSAM), where she had previously been represented by Judith Neuhoff. Neuhoff recently confirmed the split to Munich radio and television station Bayrischer Rundfunk (BR), but said she could not go into any further details. CSAM has since not commented on the matter.

While not explicitly confirmed, it is likely that the split with Netrebko is on account of her known support for the Russian president Vladimir Putin. When the conflict began, Netrebko made an Instagram post condemning the war. In early March, however, she decided that she would prefer to withdraw from all her future appearances at the Metropolitan Opera rather than denounce the invasion, which raised questions about her stance.

CSAM is owned by Universal Music, which recently opted to suspend their Russian operations and close all their Russian branches in order to impose cultural sanctions against Russia. Despite the split with CSAM, it would appear that Netrebko is continuing her relationship with Maxim Berin, who represents her in Russia, the Baltic states, and at private events.

A spokesperson for Deutsche Grammophon also confirmed to BR that Netrebko has lost all of her recording contracts with the company, though her existing recordings will remain available.

Netrebko's husband, the Azerbaijani tenor Yusif Eyvazov, remains on CSAM's roster, alongside Russian singers Olga Peretyatko, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Dmitry Korchak.