Anna Netrebko has canceled her final performances as Violetta in “La Traviata.”
The performances, which were slated for the Opéra de Paris on Feb. 21, 25, and 28, will instead be performed by Marina Rebeka.
The soprano had not sung the role for a number of years but had returned to it in 2017-18 at La Scala and was slated to say goodbye to the character for good in these Paris performances. Alas, it was not meant to be as she is reportedly ill and withdrew as a result. The role was the one with which she rose to international repute after a successful showcase at Salzburg in 2005.
The diva is headed to London now for five performances of Verdi’s “Macbeth” at the Royal Opera House before making her role debut at the Metropolitan Opera in Puccini’s “Tosca.” She will sing performances starting on April 21 and ending on May 12. The production has garnered mixed reviews overall, including here at OperaWire, where two different critics differed in their respective views on the role.