The Teatro alla Scala has just released the following statment: Due to health reasons, Anna Netrebko has withdrawn from the performances of Massenet's Manon.
The role of Manon Lescaut will be sung by Ermonela Jaho in all the performances.
Netrebko was scheduled to sing the opening two performances of the run replacing originally scheduled Natalie Dessay.
After battling with a series of respiratory infections over the past month, Anna Netrebko has been advised by her doctor to rest for at least the next two weeks. She therefore must regretfully withdraw from her scheduled performances of Manon at La Scala on June 19 and 22. She was also forced to cancel her scheduled concert at the White Nights Festival in St Petersburg today.
Anna is devastated to miss these performances as she was very much looking forward to singing in her home town St Petersburg, and to performing Manon at La Scala for the first time. She appreciates everyone's understanding during this difficult time for her. She looks forward to returning to the stage as soon as possible, and especially to her next engagement at La Scala in La Boheme this October.