As many have noticed, opera cancellations are running rampant these days. Surprisingly a certain Romanian Diva (notorious for consistently displaying this sort of behavior) has yet to make the headlines (cough...cough... Ms. Alagna).
Now we have more news of more cancellations headlined by opera's superstar diva Anna Netrebko.
Here is the story from the New York Times:
The soprano Anna Netrebko has dropped out of a sold-out high-profile run of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” at the Staatsoper in Berlin – and ticket-buyers will receive compensation. Ms. Netrebko, in a press release on Thursday on the opera house’s Web site, apologized but said she had had a “very busy year” and needed to spend time with her 3-year-old son, Tiago. The company said Maria Bengtsson would take over for Ms. Netrebko, who was to have sung the role of Donna Anna. Five performances are planned from June 24 to July 6.
A spokesman for Ms. Netrebko, Sean Michael Gross, said she was not available to comment. He said the production was planned before “the demands of her current family situation” and added, “Her child is a huge priority for her and she hopes people will be understanding of the demands placed on her as a working mother.”
Conducted by Daniel Barenboim, the Staatsoper’s music director, the production has a top-level cast including Christopher Maltman, Giuseppe Filianoti, Dorothea Roschmann and Erwin Schrott, who is Ms. Netrebko’s partner and Tiago’s father. A spokesman for the opera house said that tickets were more expensive for the production because of the starry cast – $80 to $290 instead of a more typical $72 to $210 – and that ticket-holders would receive a partial rebate because of Ms. Netrebko’s absence.
Who is next?