Russian Opera Star Banned In Azerbaijan Over Visit To Armenia
The Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan has blacklisted Russian opera singer Lyubov Kazarnovskaya because of her recent visit to Armenian-” occupied” Azerbaijani territories, Baku authorities said.
The Russian Opera Singer is “unwelcome” because her Azerbaijani visit violated Azerbaijan’s border law and “promoted Armenia’s aggression and occupation against Azerbaijan,” including its “bloody ethnic cleansing” of Azerbaijanis,” said ministry spokesman Hikmet Hadjiyev.
The Russian opera Sensation considered it a stupid decision. Adding: “I went to Artsakh on a cultural mission,” using the Armenian name for the disputed region. “The people in Artsakh do not want any war. They want peace. They want to give birth to children and hear the sounds of music. You cannot imagine how much love and joy we have received.”
Kazarnovskaya said she is happy to keep company with Montserrat Caballe, who was also blacklisted.
“The human spirit is beyond any politics or aggression. Music is something that the Lord bestowed on us,” she said. Kazarnovskaya attended the festival along with many of her students.
Lyubov Yurievna Kazarnovskaya ( born 18 July 1956) is a Russian operatic soprano who has sung leading roles in opera houses around the world. She has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, and Naxos Records, amongst others. She has her own music show on Russian television and a weekly one-hour radio program, “Vocalissimo”, on Radio Orphej.
Kazarnovskaya was born in Moscow and trained at the Gnessin State Musical College and the Moscow Conservatory. She made her professional debut in 1981 as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin at the Stanislavsky Opera Theatre. After singing leading roles at that theatre as well as the Bolshoi Theatre and the Mariinsky Theatre, she made her international opera debut in 1990 at the Salzburg Festival. Earlier that year she made her US debut as the soprano soloist in the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14.