Prominent American opera Singers Pull Out of Verona production After Blackface Scandal

The Grammy Award-winning opera singer, Angel Blue, was about to make her debut at the Summer Opera Festival’s production of Verdi’s La Travita at the Arena di Verona.

Ready to play the lead role of Violetta

, the American soprano shared on social media this evening that she will no longer perform at the Italian venue after accusations of blackface at the prestigious festival followed photos shared by renowned Russian soprano, Anna Netrebko.

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In pictures shared on Instagram

Netrebko seen in dark makeup, worn to portray Princess Aida of Ethiopia from Verdi’s opera of the same name. Netrebko’s works heavily criticized by the music world, especially on social media, however, Arena recently defended her make-up choices, saying that her performance historic and “when these sensitive topics are not such an issue.” then built”.

Blue has two black panels on her social media accounts.

Posted slides detailing his decision to exit the Arena di Verona opening. The post read, “Dear friends, family and opera lovers, I have come to the unfortunate conclusion that I will not be singing La Travita as planned at Arena di Verona this summer.”

Dear friends, family and opera lovers, I have come to the unfortunate conclusion that I will not sing la …

Posted by Angel Blue on Thursday, July 14, 2022
The opera star’s social media post continued, “As many of you know, Arena di Verona has recently decided to use blackface makeup in a recent production of Aida.” I can totally clarify. Do: The use of blackface in any circumstance, artistic or otherwise, a deeply misguided practice based on archaic theatrical traditions that has no place in modern society.

Your favorite opera at the Arena di Verona

“It’s offensive, abusive, and outright racist. I was very much looking forward to making my home debut singing one of my favorite operas at the Arena di Verona, but I in good conscience can’t associate myself with an institution like that.” Joe continues this practice. “Thank you for your understanding, and to everyone who has shown support and sensitivity to me and my fellow artists of color.”

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