Bayreuth Festival has long worked for Anna Netrebko's debut on the Green Hill. Now the singer has to cancel
Opera singer Anna Netrebko has canceled her debut at the Bayreuth Richard Wagner Festival in short. "With great regret, Anna Netrebko is unfortunately forced to cancel the two 'Lohengrin' performances on August 14 and 18 due to exhaustion," the Bayreuth Festival announced Monday. Already last week, the singer had to tune into a performance in Salzburg.
"Although her voice is not being attacked, she is following urgent medical advice on a three-week break to be able to fully regenerate," said Bayreuth, where 47-year-old Elsa in director Yuval Sharon's "Lohengrin" production should sing. It would be her first appearance on the Green Hill.
For a long time, the Bayreuth Festival has been negotiating with Netrebko for a commitment. The singer debuted in the role of Elsa three years ago in Dresden – under the direction of Christian Thielemann, with whom she should also work in Bayreuth.
Last week, the soprano had canceled a performance at the Salzburg Festival recently due to a cold. "Unfortunately I got sick, cold (presumably from the air conditioner), and therefore have to cancel my appearance in Salzburg this evening," she wrote on Instagram. As APA reported, many viewers returned their tickets after the announcement. On Saturday, however, she stood by media reports as scheduled again on the Salzburg stage.
In Bayreuth the Russian opera diva is now replaced by Annette Dasch. She has already sung the Elsa in the Hans Neuenfels staging from 2010 to 2013 and 2015 at the Festspielhaus. Netrebunk is not the only sickle disease on the "Lohengrin" team: On August 7, 2019, Thomas J. Mayer jumped for the sick Tomasz Konieczny as Telramund.
Source: Apa / Dpa