As an artist, it is my great joy to collaborate with all of my wonderful colleagues -- regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. I have never and will never discriminate against anyone.If the antigay crackdown sounds decidedly Stalin-esque, Netrebko's indirect response likewise imitates the coded language reminiscent of Cold War-era protests, stopping short of direct criticism of the state policy. Feeling the pressure of the rising call to take action, the Metropolitan Opera also issued a noncommittal statement, if somewhat more direct, quoted in the New York Times article:
As an institution, the Met deplores the suppression of equal rights here or abroad. But since our mission is artistic, it is not appropriate for our performances to be used by us for political purposes, no matter how noble or right the cause.The Met has also said it supports its artists "whether or not they wish to publicly express their personal political opinions."