Annette Dasch jumps in: Too exhausted: Anna Netrebko announces Bayreuth debut


The opera diva Anna Netrebko (47) has canceled her debut at the Bayreuth Richard Wagner Festival at short notice.

Unfortunately, Anna Netrebko is sadly forced to cancel the two “Lohengrin” performances on 14 and 18 August due to exhaustion “, the festival said on Monday. “Although her voice is not attacked, she follows urgent medical advice for a three-week break to fully regenerate.”

Netrebko was to sing the Elsa in the «Lohengrin» production by director Yuval Sharon. It would have been her first appearance on the Green Hill. For a long time the festival had negotiated with Netrebko about a commitment. The singer had debuted in the role of Elsa three years ago in Dresden – under the conductor Christian Thielemann, with whom she should also work in Bayreuth.

In the past week, the soprano had already canceled a performance at the Salzburg Festival due to a cold at short notice. “Unfortunately, I got very ill, a cold (presumably from the air conditioning), and therefore has to cancel my gig in Salzburg tonight,” she wrote on Instagram. As the Austrian news agency APA reported, many viewers returned their tickets after the announcement. On Saturday, however, she stood according to media reports as planned back on the stage.

In Bayreuth, the Russian opera diva is now replaced by Annette Dasch. She had already sung the Elsa in the staging of Hans Neuenfels from 2010 to 2013 and 2015 at the Festspielhaus. Netrebko is not the only illness-related loss in the “Lohengrin” team: On August 7, 2019, Thomas J. Mayer is already jumping in for the diseased Tomasz Konieczny as Telramund.


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