Thursday, April 19, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: Diana Damrau pregnant once again, cancels December Royal Opera debut

While Damrau has her newest child,
Lucic will likely get a new Daughter for next year's Rigoletto. 
Leading Soprano Diana Damrau announced today that she will be canceling her debut of Robert le Diable at the Royal Opera House this December due to... pregnancy. Yes Ms. Damrau is pregnant once more and has started making those announcements we all dread.

Assuming the child is born in January, this likely means that the Met will need to find a new soprano to premiere their new Rigoletto, but of more pressing concern (in my opinion) is whether she will take on Willy Decker's challenging Traviata production in April. Will Damrau make her Met debut as Verdi's tragic heroine? It seems to be a rather ambiguous point as it is completely possible that she may be ready to come back to the stage 2 months after giving birth, but it is also possible that she may need a break. If she chooses the latter, then we will unfortunately be unable to witness one of the world's great sopranos take on one of the great opera roles of all time. But on the flip side, congrats to Diana and her husband on their next child!


  1. Should we not praise God that such a talented human also possesses the capability to propagate the human species? The rigors of pregnancy and childbirth which may interrupt the pursuit of a unique professional career ought not be viewed and lamented as "unfortunate". Rather, may I suggest we recognize the Creator as being in ultimate charge of how all of us strut and fret our hour upon the stage. Are not even these incredibly lovely and talented women who possess the only method to bring forth future generations be accorded the love and admiration of all mothers even if their pregnancies are "untimely"?

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