Judge Tells Testy Opera Singer in Restaurant Flap to Stay Out of Trouble - NBC New York

Judge Tells Testy Opera Singer in Restaurant Flap to Stay Out of Trouble

The episode began when a manager asked her to pipe down



    An international opera star will have the charges dropped against her if she stays out of trouble following accusations she berated and shoved an Upper West Side café manager who asked her to quiet down, cops said Thursday.

    Patrons who sat near Argentine singer Gabriela Pochinski, 41, filed noise complaints against her while she was at the Nice Matin restaurant in The Lucerne hotel with her mother Sunday afternoon.

    "She really shoved her. She pushed her away, even as she turned away," said a coworker of the manager who was allegedly shoved, the Daily News reported.

    Witness said Pochinski was involved in a noisy conversation with someone on a cell phone on speakerphone.
    "All the tables were complaining - they were yelling into the phone," the restaurant's general manager told the paper, who asked him name not be revealed.

    He said manager Jeanetter Josue, 30, asked Pochinski to lower her voice, but the opera star only got snippy with the manager waved Josue off dismissively.
    "Get out of here. I'm not leaving," Pochinki told Josue, according to the general manager.

    The soprano shoved Josue after being asked to leave for the fourth time, the general manager said. The restaurant’s surveillance cameras caught the entire episode, he said.
    "It's on a camera, in color, she's shoving [her]," said the general manager, describing Josue as being "less than 100 pounds."

    Restaurant workers called the police. Officers issued a summons for criminal trespass after grilling Pochinski, cops said.

    "I'm very pleased that the prosecutor asked to throw out the case and the judge agreed," Pochinski said in a statement. "I'm also deeply sorry this situation turned out the way it did and that I was speaking too loudly on my cell phone."

    Pochinski was a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship and graduated from the prominent Manhattan School of Music.

    She received excellent reviews for her performance in “West Side Story” as Maria in the renowned Volksoper opera house in Vienna, Austria.