Muslim opera singer refuses to perform together with an Armenian opera singer at the Semper opera house in Dresden, Germany

Lusine Shirinyan, an official of the Foreign Ministry in Yerevan, has circulated a statement by Agence Massis Opéra, disputing the denials by SemperOpernball that it fired the Armenian soprano Ruzan Mantashyan at Yusif Eyvazov’s request.
Ms Shirinyan who works in the USA and Canada Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Yerevan, had previously accused Eyvazov of ‘Armenophobia’: On the day of the 30th anniversary of the Armenian massacre in Baku Azerbaijani opera singer Yusif Eyvazov announces he refuses to perform on stage with Armenian soprano Ruzan Mantashyan at Dresden Opera Ball citing her nationality. What is this if not Armenophobia? Ruzan, you are the best! I am proud to have known you since childhood. This outrageous incident should be condemned and the festival boycotted.

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