OPERA Australia is refusing to comment on their decision to bring allegedly homophobic soprano Tamar Iveri to Sydney and Melbourne for two shows this year.
The singer (pictured), from the central Asian country of Georgia, has been plagued by controversy following allegations she penned a homophobic diatribe on her Facebook page in which IDAHOT day supporters in the capital city of Tblisi were branded “fecal masses”.
“I was quite proud of the fact how Georgian society spat at the parade,” said the translation.
The message goes onto to implore Georgian’s President to “stop vigorous attempts to bring West’s “fecal masses” in the mentality of the people by means of propaganda.”
“Even today, US ambassador said that the people who raided the rally yesterday were against NATO.
“No, Mr. Ambassador: those, who yesterday raided the rally, are Georgian youth of pure blood, still unspoilt by you,” the translation continues.
Identoba directed the comments to the National Opera of Paris who have reportedly now withdrawn an invitation for the singer to perform.
According to SameSame, Iveri reportedly blamed her husband for rewriting her original letter, which she deleted as soon as she saw his homophobic remarks and how it was under her name.
“My husband was using my Facebook account at that time and he is a very religious man with a tough attitude towards gay people,” she said.
“I explained the situation and officially apologised to the LGBT community in Georgia a year ago and they accepted my apology.”
However, the social media campaign calling on Opera Australia to sack Iveri continues to grow, and there is a Change.org petition circulating, as well.
Iveri is currently in Sydney rehearsing for her role as Desdemona in Otello at the Sydney Opera House, before heading to Melbourne to perform in Tosca.
On Opera Australia’s website a biography of Iveri says she made her Australian debut last year and “has been acclaimed throughout the world in theatres which include the Vienna State Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opera Bastille, Paris, and many others.”
The Star Observer asked Opera Australia if they knew of the allegations, if they were investigating their veracity and if they thought it appropriate someone accused of homophobia should perform with the company.
Opera Australia declined to comment or say whether they stood by Iveri.