Diana Damrau has canceled the first performance of “Lucia di Lammermoor.” The Bayerische Staatsoper announced via Twitter that Damrau canceled due to illness.
As a result, Operalia winner Adela Zaharia will fill in as Lucia Ashton and will be making her house debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper.
Romanian Zaharia recently won the 2017 first place winner of Operalia and returns to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein ensemble where her roles include the title role of “Lucia di Lammermoor,” Konstanze in “Die Entführung aus dem Serail,” Gilda in “Rigoletto,” and both Le Feu and La Princesse in Suzanne Andrade’s new production of “L’enfant et les Sortilèges.” She is scheduled to make her role and house debut as Elisabetta in concert performances of “Roberto Devereux” at Oper Frankfurt and reprises Pamina at the Komische Oper in “Die Zauberflote.” She is also scheduled to make her debut at the George Enescu Festival, where she sings the mad scene from Iain Bell’s “A Harlot’s Progress,” a gala concert with Placido Domingo in Guadalajara with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jalisco, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with her native Arad State Philharmonic.
Damrau was scheduled to return to the opera stage after a tour around the world. She is still scheduled to return to the title role on Dec. 12 and 15 and is also scheduled to go on tour throughout January and February. She is set to make her debut as “Maria Stuarda” in April at the Zurich Opera.
Cast change: Unfortunately @DianaDamrau had to cancel the performance of #BSOlucia due to illness. #Operalia2017 winner Adela Zaharia will fill in as Lucia Ashton and will be making her house debut at BSO! pic.twitter.com/XttxnXhKJO
— BayerischeStaatsoper (@bay_staatsoper) December 6, 2017