Opera Australia Explains

imagePatrons of the Australian Opera have received an explanation of the delay in dealing with the issue of the homophobic Georgian soprano, Tamar Iveri.

Patrons Manager Ailsa Eckel wrote:

As you may be aware, over the weekend Opera Australia has been at the centre of an issue in the press and on social media which has been emotional and disturbing for us all.

This morning the company has issued a statement which Craig [Hassall] has asked me to forward to you.

Hassall is the CEO of Opera Australia.

[23rd June 2014]

Opera Australia confirms soprano Ms Tamar Iveri will not be performing in Otello

Opera Australia has reached agreement with Ms Iveri to immediately release her from her contract with the company.

Ms Iveri and her husband have both made public statements in the last 48 hours with regards to comments attributed to Ms Iveri. Ms Iveri has unreservedly apologised for those comments and views.

Opera Australia believes the views as stated to be unconscionable.

Ms Eckel went on to say that the same statement had been given to OA staff, together with some additional comments.

Hassall told staff:

‘OA is a workplace that embraces and encourages diversity. We also value due process and fairness in every decision that we make. Know that all of our values have been upheld over recent days’.

OA is still negotiating with Ms Iveri regarding her upcoming appearances as Tosca in Melbourne in November, and next year in Don Carlos.

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