This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

Petition Pits Opera World Against Putin Over Gay Rights

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent spate of anti-gay laws and policies has angered many throughout the world and created awkward work environments in theaters through Europe and here in New York City. One U.S. composer is trying to draw some attention to the situation.

On Sept. 23, the Metropolitan Opera will premiere a new production of 19th century Eugene Onegin, by a Russian who also happens to be one of the most famous homosexual composers in history, Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky.

Conducting that performance from the Met's orchestra pit and starring in it onstage will be two Russians, both Putin supporters and stars of the classical world: Valery Gergiev and soprano Anna Netrebko. Neither of them has spoken publicly on the issue of Putin's gay crackdown, despite the fact that they work elbow to elbow with openly gay people from many different countries, on stages all over the world.

U.S. composer and retired professor Andrew Rudin, in a phone interview, notes that Tchaikovsky suffered from the repressive attitudes of 19th century Russia. An acknowledgement of that struggle, and the fight for gay rights generally, is necessary as the Met uses this work and these Russian musicians in its season opener, Rudin said. Anything less dishonors Tchaikovsky's memory and the struggles for gay rights around the globe.

"They are about to present a work ironically of the most famous homosexual in all of music," Rudin said. "The Metropolitan Opera is pretending none of this is happening. So far their attitude is to not say anything. To pretend this is all going to blow over."

Rudin has established an online petition calling on the Met to dedicate the opening gala to support the LGBT community. The petition is not yet two days old and has over 200 signatures.

"And they're coming in from all over," Rudin said. "From Australia, Thailand, Arkansas -- it's really pretty amazing how these things splay out from a Facebook post."

Netrebko and Gergiev are caught in an awful position, Rudin says.

"Here's the curious dilemma," he said. "You can easily find pictures of Gergiev of posing with Putin and Netrebko hugging Putin. It bolsters Putin's reputation to be seen with them and it helps them and helps their careers."
1 of 3

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Real Money

More than 30 investing pros with skin in the game give you actionable insight and investment ideas.

Product Features:
  • Access to Jim Cramer's daily blog
  • Intraday commentary and news
  • Real-time trading forums
Only $49.95
14-Days Free
14-Days Free
AAPL $93.74 0.00%
FB $117.58 0.00%
GOOG $693.01 0.00%
TSLA $240.76 0.00%
YHOO $36.60 0.00%


Chart of I:DJI
DOW 17,773.64 -57.12 -0.32%
S&P 500 2,065.30 -10.51 -0.51%
NASDAQ 4,775.3580 -29.9330 -0.62%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs