John M. Becker

Singer Who Called Gays 'Fecal Masses' Fired in Australia

Filed By John M. Becker | June 23, 2014 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Australia, Georgia, homophobia, music, opera, opera divas, opera queens, Orthodox Church, Tamar Iveri

tamar-iveri-2.pngTamar Iveri -- the Georgian soprano at the center of an international controversy over an anti-gay Facebook tirade calling gays "fecal masses" and "cancer" -- has been released from her contract with Opera Australia, the Sydney Morning Herald reports:

In a statement released on Monday, the company said Iveri would not be performing in its Sydney production of Otello in July and August. "Opera Australia has agreed with Tamar Iveri, to immediately release her from her contract with the company," the statement says...

"Ms. Iveri and her husband have both made public statements in the last 48 hours with regards to comments attributed to Ms. Iveri," Opera Australia said on Monday. "She has unreservedly apologised for those comments and views. Opera Australia believes the views as stated to be unconscionable."

Iveri had been in rehearsals for Otello in Sydney for several weeks.

Iveri is also scheduled to perform later this year in an Opera Australia production of Tosca in Melbourne. It is not clear whether today's cancellation includes that production as well, or just the Sydney Otello.

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