The Semperoper Ball made a statement recently in regards to the accusation that Yusif Eyvazov would not work with Armenian singer Ruzan Mantashyan due to political tensions.
Semperoperaball made the following statement,
“SemperOperaball firmly rejects accusation against Yusif Eyvazov. The organizers of SemperOperaball firmly reject the accusation that the singer Ruzan Mantashyan will not perform at the 15th SemperOperaball on Feb. 7, 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 SemperOperaball together with the Armenian artist on the grounds of her nationality.” -SemperOperaball
The statement also noted, “The artistic director of SemperOperaball, Hans-Joachim Frey, however, strongly condemned the accusation as an insinuation. At no time had there been a contract with Ruzan Mantashyan for a performance at SemperOperaball on Feb. 7, 2020. Nor did Yusif Eyvazov ever make the collaboration with a fellow singer dependent on her origin. However, it is now assumed that there may have been misunderstandings in communication with Ms. Mantashyan’s agencies.
For his part Frey noted, “The appeal of SemperOperaball lies precisely in the fact that for many years now its programme has featured artists in a wide variety of constellations from the most diverse countries of origin, including Armenia. The ball is known for its cosmopolitanism. Statements of a different kind are not true. Yusif Eyvazov is held in high esteem, especially as a cosmopolitan artist and honest man.”
Eyvazov made the following statement on social media,
"Dear All, as an Azerbaijani, I have a strong view on the political situation between Armenia and Azerbaijan. But my political opinion has never and will never influence my work on stage. I have worked with Armenian colleagues like Maria Guleghina and Gevorg Akopyan and others . So, please - don’t change the facts and don’t believe those who do!STOP PROVOCATION!!" -Yusif Eyvazov
Earlier on Jan. 13, 2020 reports broke out that Eyvazov had requested Mantashyan be fired because she was fired. ForumOpera, Armenpress, and Slippedisc reported the claims with soprano Hasmik Papian also putting out a statement. She said, “Where have we reached?… Singer Yusif Eyvazov, the husband of Azerbaijani soprano Anna Netrebko has refused to sing with Armenian singer Ruzan Mantashyan, citing her being Armenian, which means for political reasons. I have sang in the mentioned opera theatre and I cannot recall any similar incident. I plan to raise my voice of protest.”