Opera Australia has confirmed today (June 23) that it has dropped a Georgian Opera Singer after she went on a vicious homophobic rant on Facebook last week. Tamar Iveri was due to perform in Otello by the Opera company later this year, but in a statement released today the company has confirmed she has been released from her contract.
The debacle started least week when Ms Iveri posted a homophobic rant on her Facebook page which was directed at Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili. In the rant Ms Iveri described gay people as “faecal masses” and praised people for spitting at a rally which was taking place for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
The post was quickly deleted and the opera star later released a statement saying that it wasn’t her but in fact her husband that wrote the Facebook post. She said “I have been working with gay people and some of them are very dear friends,” but that her husband who is religious has a tough attitude towards gay people.”
Yesterday it was announced that she had been dropped from an upcoming performance by an Opera House in Brussels. There was mounting pressure on Opera Australia who had simply stated “rehearsals are continuing as planned” to drop the star.
In a statement release today they wrote
“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.”
The production will still go ahead next month with a replacement to be announced shortly.