Top Russian singer Anna Netrebko sues the Met Opera after being sacked over the war.

Star Russian singer Anna Netrebko sued the Metropolitan Opera on Friday, requesting at least $360,000 in damages for the work she missed as a result of the business’s parting ties with her following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

After refusing to criticize Russian President Vladimir V. Putin, whom she had openly backed in the years prior to the invasion, Netrebko was fired by the Met last year. She claims in the case that the Met mistreated her because she is Russian, made “defamatory” press statements about her, and violated contracts by failing to compensate her for some lost work.

The Met refuted her assertions. The business claimed in a statement that Ms. Netrebko’s complaint was without merit.

Netrebko has recently targeted the Met after complaining to the American Guild of Musical Artists, the organization that represents opera singers, last year.

Because of a clause in the contract known as “pay or play,” which forces organizations to pay performers even if they later decide not to engage them, an arbitrator in that case ordered the Met to pay her more than $200,000 in February for 13 performances that were postponed. Due to Ms. Netrebko’s failure to renounce Mr. Putin as requested by the Met, which the firm said violated its conduct clause, the Met contended that she was not entitled to payment.

The arbitrator turned down Ms. Netrebko’s demand for an extra $400,000 in fees for engagements in upcoming seasons that had been discussed but not formally agreed to, including leading roles in Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” and “Tosca,” as well as leading roles in Verdi’s “Macbeth” and Tchaikovsky’s “The Queen of Spades” and operas by Verdi and Tchaikovsky. At the Met, Ms. Netrebko was getting compensated at the top artists’ rate, which is presently close to $15,000 per performance.

According to the case Ms. Netrebko submitted on Friday, the Met still owes her the majority of those extra costs in addition to money for emotional anguish and reputational harm.

The Met and its general manager, Peter Gelb, who has criticized Ms. Netrebko in the media, are charged with launching a “defamatory crusade” against her.

According to the lawsuit, Mr. Gelb called her even after she had publicly declared her opposition to the war and asked her to explicitly criticize Mr. Putin.

According to the lawsuit, “Gelb indicated that the Met would maintain its relationship with Netrebko if Netrebko issued such a statement.” “Netrebko retorted that she could not make such a statement as a citizen of Russia.”

The complaint is Netrebko’s most recent attempt to improve her reputation as a huge celebrity and box office draw.

The majority of Netrebko’s foreign performances are still scheduled for Europe. However, she has seen cancellations and demonstrations elsewhere since the invasion, notably in the US and some regions of Asia.

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