<span style="font-size: 1rem; font-family: SourceSansPro, sans-serif;">The organizers
of Semper Opera ball reject the information that the singer Ruzan
Mantashyan <a href="https://anmmedia.am/hy/news/anna-netrebko-azeri-husband-refuses-to-perform-on-the-same-stage-with-armenian-soprano-ruzan-mantashyan/?fbclid=IwAR1QjY7nBp1P45sJSlPuk521twFMDuwNhobligZ5i8YHCSvN1YFtWt1BnI4" target="_blank" style="">will not perform</a> at the 15th Semper Opera ball on 7 February 2020 due
to her nationality.
Prior to this, it had been alleged that the Azerbaijani tenor Yusif Eyvazov,
who will sing at the gala in Dresden's Semper Opera House, had refused to
appear at Semper Opera ball together with the Armenian artist on the grounds of
her nationality. The document was posted on Eyvazov's Facebook page. In addition
to the document, Azeri singer writes, that his political opinion has never and
will never influence his work on stage.
<br><br>According to the
artistic director of Semper Opera ball, Hans-Joachim Frey, at no time had there
been a contract with Ruzan Mantashyan for a performance at Semper Opera ball on 7
February 2020. Nor did Yusif Eyvazov ever make the collaboration with a fellow
singer dependent on her/ his origin.
Meanwhile, Hans-Joachim Frey announced on <a href="https://www.wirtschaft-in-sachsen.de/news/semperopernball-orden-fuer-dietmar-hopp-gid-4101?_region=dresden&fbclid=IwAR270EzkdGDXonmOf4a86jZj2he1ZIyd5LmGEeqlPnrpczNppNWuls9WHD0" target="_blank">December 27, 2019</a>, that in addition to the Azerbaijani tenor, the Armenian soprano Ruzan Mantashyan will also demonstrate her singing skills in the opera on February 7. The Russian violin virtuoso Pavel Milyukov is also expected in Dresden. <br><br>At the same time founder of <a href="https://slippedisc.com/2020/01/reports-eyvazov-refuses-to-share-stage-with-armenian/?fbclid=IwAR3mQ23LqEpeEEZKMk7EP6URuhx0g8rhTeh_B_Plzbe2lVaJ3bxAFEaolZ4" style="">slippedisc </a>Norman Lebrecht reports, that two singers were invited – the American tenor Michael
Spyres and the Armenian soprano Ruzan Mantashyan. They were scheduled to sing
at least one duet. Mantashyan agreed, but Spyres was unavailable.
The opera house rang
around and replaced him with Yusif Eyvazov, husband of the superstar soprano
Eyvazov agreed to
sing – until he learned that he was appearing with a soprano from Armenia. Evvazov
not only refused to sing with Mantashyan but, it is reported, he demanded that
she be fired from the program. So the Dresden Ball organizers got rid of the
soprano in order to retain Eyvazov.<br><br>Ruzan Mantshyan doesn't comment on the situation. </span>