Famous opera singer Anna Netrebko is being slammed online after performing several times on stage while wearing blackface.
In July, Netrebko went viral after starring in the Italian production of Aida at the Arena di Verona in Verona, Italy.
Netrebko wore a black face on stage for the show, darkening her skin and features to play the titular Ethiopian princess’ lead role.
The opera star was trolled in the comments after proudly sharing photos and videos of herself in Aida costume on her Instagram account.
“I’m a fan of your voice and your acting, Ms. Netrebko, but blackface is NEVER okay. You are powerful enough to take a stand against this shameful practice,” one person commented.
“Blackface, really? Do better,” wrote another.
Screenshots shared on Twitter revealed that Netrebko apparently responded to some criticism in his Instagram comments.
“I’m NOT going to be Aida white,” the opera singer reportedly replied to one comment. In another alleged response, she wrote, “I will fight for ART against stupidity.”
Meanwhile, Grammy-winning performer Angel Blue recently announced the cancellation of her debut in La Traviata in the same arena after learning of past performances at the amphitheater included performers who wore blackface.
She called the use of blackface, in the theater or otherwise, “offensive, humiliating and downright racist”.
Netrebko was briefly featured in 2004 Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement.
The opera star appears and performs in the film’s royal garden party scene. During the scene, Queen Clarisse Renaldi (Julie Andrews) calls her “the new rising star of opera” and Princess Mia (Anne Hathaway) presents her with an award.
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