Opera singer ‘asked to change pro-EU dress as colours were too provocative’

An opera singer was requested to vary her gown earlier than acting at London’s Royal Albert Hall as a result of its EU flag colors have been deemed “too provocative”.

Previous to Saturday’s occasion, soprano Anna Patalong posted {a photograph} on Instagram of her carrying the yellow-and-blue robe, which she paired with a necklace of gold stars.

Patalong captioned the picture: “Rocking some EU colors for tonight’s live performance”. The singer had been on the Put it to the People march earlier within the day.


Nonetheless, Patalong later become a pink ensemble on the request of the live performance’s producer, Raymond Gubbay.

The incident subsequently sparked controversy and prompted the singer’s husband, the baritone Benedict Nelson, to submit in regards to the incident on Twitter on Monday.

“My spouse was requested to vary her gown from yellow and blue on the RAH as the colors have been too provocative,” Nelson wrote.

He added in separate submit: “In case you can’t get pleasure from a 3 hour live performance as a result of a performer wears some seen gold stars for 3 minutes of it, it’s good to have a phrase with your self.”


Chatting with The Unbiased, Nelson explains that the expertise didn’t result in an argument between his spouse and Gubbay, describing everybody as “completely courteous and well mannered”.

“We don’t blame the Royal Albert Corridor in any manner,” he added. “They have been making an attempt to cope with a troublesome state of affairs as greatest they may. I believe 5 to 10 years in the past one other flag there wouldn’t have been controversial and this by no means would have occurred. It’s unhappy they needed to make that call.”

Nelson identified that his spouse additionally wore a union jack-themed gown within the live performance. “It was a really refined and private homage that went largely unnoticed,” he stated.

Gubbay informed The Guardian that he made the choice so there was no “misinterpretation of the present making an attempt to take any stance aside from delivering nice music and nice spectacle to the viewers”.

The Classical Spectacular live performance Patalong carried out at is described on the Royal Albert Corridor’s website as “the most well-liked classical music present within the UK”.

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