Is Armenophobia Taking Over Cultural Events in Europe?

On January 13, media reports began appearing about a prominent Armenian soprano, Ruzan Mantashyan, who was refused participation in the upcoming SemperOperaball in Dresden, Germany, after an Azerbaijani tenor slated to perform at the ball, Yusif Eyvazov, made a request to that effect to the event’s organizers. The allegations were quickly picked up by Armenian media outlets and became a widely-discussed topic on Armenian social networks. The SemperOperaball is widely billed as Germany’s most prestigious ball.