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Russian soprano Anna Netrebko has been granted Austrian citizenship under a special proviso with the Austrian government that allows athletes, musicians and celebrities to bypass the compulsory ten-year-long waiting process, the Associated Press has reported.
In naturalizing the soprano, the government cited Netrebko’s “special merits” as one of the world’s most in-demand opera singers. Deputy Chancellor Hubert Gorbach characterized the move as a “confirmation of Austria’s status as a nation of culture”.
I wasn’t even aware of Anna’s nationality before reading this report (though I suppose ‘Netrebko’ does have a certain Russian ring to it). Interesting, too, to read of her difficulties with the Russian media because of wanting to become an Austrian citizen.