Classic: Pro Kremlin: Konzerthaus Dortmund thins out Currentzis’ troupe

No place for pro-Russian warmongers. Not all musicians will be on stage at the “Requiem” on Friday in the Dortmund Konzerthaus.

When Verdi’s “Requiem” is heard in Dortmund’s Konzerthaus tomorrow, Friday, the Greek-Russian podium star Teodor Currentzis will be doing without a few musicians from his “MusicAeterna” ensemble. You are not welcome in the concert hall because of pro-Kremlin statements. A member of the choir had taken the side of the war of aggression with video announcements such as “Fascism is falling towards us again”. Dortmund’s director von Hoensbroech had previously stated that people who spoke out in favor of the war were “not given a stage”.

The suspension is just the tip of the iceberg. The classical music scene has long expected Currentzis to distance himself from Putin, who granted the conductor Russian citizenship in 2014. Instead of the “Requiem”, Currentzis (also in Moscow!) actually wanted to perform Wagner’s “Tristan”, but several western interpreters dropped out in view of the explosive nature. “MusicAeterna” is financed by the Russian VTB Bank, among others. This is on the EU sanctions list. In May 2022, Currentzis and his family went on a “Gazprom tour”.

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