Opera singer Tamar Iveri has announced plans for an LGBTI rights charity concert to be held in Tblisi on 11 October.
Iveri announced the plans at a press conference with Georgian LGBTI rights group Identoba and has called for other artists and performers to donate their talents to the charity event, which is being held on world National Coming Out Day.
Iveri was released from contracts to perform in Otello for Opera Australia and Belgium’s La Monnaie opera company in May after a post about violent attacks against Georgians who were trying to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) was posted by her Facebook account.
‘I was quite proud of the fact how Georgian society spat at the parade,’ the post read, which also referred to displays of gay pride as ‘fecal masses.’
Iveri later posted an online apology, claiming that the post had been edited by her deeply religious husband to express views she did not share after there was an uproar over it on social media but many were unconvinced by her.
Opera Australia let the singer go, stating, ‘Opera Australia has agreed with Tamar Iveri, to immediately release her from her contract with the company,’ as did La Monnaie
It was widely reported that Iveri had been sacked but she said at the press conference that it was she who asked to be released from her contract to avoid further controversy, not Opera Australia who had asked her.
Of the upcoming charity concert Iveri said, ‘This is to apologize and to express support,’ according to Democracy & Freedom Watch.
Iveri said funds raised by the charity concert would be used to help victims of all kinds of violence in Georgia.