The opera diva anna netrebko (47) canceled her debut at the bayreuth richard wagner festival at short notice.
"With great regret, anna netrebko is unfortunately forced to cancel the two "lohengrin" performances on 14. And 18. August exhaustion to cancel," the festspiele announced on monday. "Although her voice is not affected, she is following urgent medical advice to take a three-week break in order to be able to regenerate fully."
Netrebko was to sing elsa in the "lohengrin" production by director yuval sharon. It would have been her first appearance on the green sphere. The festival had been negotiating with netrebko about an engagement for a long time. The singer had made her debut in the role of elsa three years ago in dresden – under the baton of christian thielemann, with whom she was also to work in bayreuth.
Last week, the soprano had already cancelled an appearance at the salzburg festival at short notice due to a cold. "Unfortunately i have become very ill, a cold (probably from the air conditioning), and therefore have to cancel my performance tonight in salzburg," she wrote on instagram. As the austrian news agency APA reported, many spectators returned their tickets after the announcement. On saturday, according to media reports, she was back on stage as planned.
In bayreuth, the russian opera diva will now be replaced by annette dasch. She had already sung elsa in hans neuenfels’ production from 2010 to 2013 and in 2015 at the festspielhaus. Netrebko is not the only absentee in the "lohengrin" team due to illness: on 7. August 2019 already jumps thomas J. Mayer to replace the ill tomasz konieczny as telramund.