Friends of Putin no longer welcome at Latvian National Opera

The Latvian National Opera and Ballet (LNOB) has announced that performances will no longer be staged by artists not willing to denounce the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

"In solidarity with the people of Ukraine, the Latvian National Opera and Ballet announces that from now on it will only work with guest artists who clearly, unequivocally, and publicly express their condemnation of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. We also urge artists whose concerts at the Latvian National Opera are organized by other event producers to do so publicly, otherwise, the lease agreements already signed will be terminated," LNOB said.

In addition, from February 25, before each performance, the Latvian National Opera Orchestra will play the Ukrainian national anthem.

Back in 2014 the LNOB found itself at the center of controversy after it was hired out to a vocal Putin supporter, music impresario Igor Krutoy.

In the course of a season that runs from September to June the LNOB performs more than 200 performances, staging on average six new productions every season of both opera and ballet.

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