Wie in der Juli-Ausgabe der englischen Opernzeitschrift Opera nachstehend zu lesen war, gab es bereits im April eine Zwischenfall, als sich die finnische Sopranistin Kartita Mattila weigerte, bei den Münchner Philharmonikern die „Vier letzten Lieder“ unter Valery Gergiev zu singen – sie sah dessen Unterschrift unter einer liebedienerischen Adresse an Putin dafür als Hinderungsgrund an, dessen Haltung zur Ukraine und gegen Homosexuelle sie kritisiert. Das Orchester sah sich gezwungen, Gergiev durch Fabio Luisi zu ersetzen.. Anna Netrebko erlebte hingegen starke Kritik und Sprechchöre in den USA…
(Mattila shuns Gergiev: It has emerged that in April, when Lorin Maazel was forced to cancel concerts with the Munich Philharmonic and was replaced by Valery Gergiev. Karita Mattila refused to sing the Four Last Songs with the Russian conductor. Citing Gergiev’s friendship with Vladimir Putin, she criticized him for being a signatory to a letter supporting Putin’s policies towards Ukraine, and noted the Russian president’s laws on homosexuality. The orchestra was forced to drop Gergiev. and the concert was conducted by Fabio Luisi./Opera Juli 2014, p. 827) Foto IMG Artists/Lauri Ericson
Und auf derselben Seite der Ausgabe auch noch dies: Caballe under tax investigation: Montserrat Caballe has been placed under judicial investigation in her native Spain for alleged tax fraud. The 81-year- old soprano is under suspicion of having channelled earnings from foreign concerts through a company based in Andorra, but she has handed over €500.000 to the tax authorities (the full amount they have been requesting) in an effort to avoid the case going to trial, or at least to have the payment recognized as a mitigating circumstance. She told a judge who visited her in her Barcelona apartment to take a statement that she had been resident in Andorra since 2010 and went to the Catalan capital only to visit her doctor or take a flight. She also said that the adviser who had suggested this tax set-up to her had died three years ago. In addition to having to pay the tax said to be owed, she faces the possibility of a fine up to six times the allegedly defrauded sum (Opera, Juli 2014, p. 827).