Angela Gheorghiu Replaces Anna Netrebko At Bayerische Staatsoper

Anna Netrebko has cancelled her particpation at the Bayerische Staatsoper’s upcoming revival of « Tosca » in July.

The Staatsoper announced that Netrebko had to cancel due to her obligation with the FIFA World Cup.

As a result, Angela Gheorghiu will take over the two performances scheduled for July 9 and 13.

Gheorghiu is reknown for her interpretation as Tosca as she has performed the role at the Royal Opera House, Metropolitan Opera, and Vienna State Opera among other theaters. She has also recorded it for Virgin Classics alongside Roberto Alagna and has a DVD alongside Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel. She reprises the role at the Royal Opera this season in Jonathan Kent’s production.

Netrebko is due to make her role debut as Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera this spring where she is scheduled to sing the role for six performances. She will also open the Teatro alla Scala season this winter as Maddalena in « Andrea Chenier » and reprises her acclaimed turn as « Adriana Lecouvreur » at the Baden Baden Festival.

Summer performances of « Tosca » are set to star Joseph Calleja and Thomas Hampson.

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4 Responses

  1. Best news ever!!!! Today, no one even comes close to Gheorghiu in Tosca. She’s the real deal! I personally can’t imagine Netrebko doing Tosca, my guess is she will reconsider doing it at The Met (and elsewhere) as well..this role is not suited for her and for her type of voice. Am I the only one who thinks Netrebko is doing a lot of things (too many in my opinion), but nothing quite legendary?

    Very excited for Gheorghiu, who in recent years seems to be in a happy place and very serious about her engagements. She looks and sounds outstanding and is in my opinion the last true diva in the operaworld. Chapeau!

    1. she is the most underpowered Tosca I have ever heard….full of unbearable mannerism. She migh look the part but the rest is mediocre

      1. In these matters the only certainty is that Tosca is not suitable for Netrebko’s voice indeed, and now we are lucky to have a more technical and expert Tosca at BSO.
        Though Gheorghiu might be underpowered amongst the grand sopranos flourished in last century, but she is definitely and undoubtedly better than Neb in Puccini roles.

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