Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais has withdrawn from the role of Elsa in The Royal Opera’s new production of “Lohengrin.”
The soprano withdrew to ensure her full recovery from a routine abdominal medical procedure. In a statement, Opolais said, “I withdraw from Lohengrin at the Royal Opera House with a heavy heart. I am incredibly sorry to disappoint my fans in London, but I look forward to returning to The Royal Opera in the 2018/19 Season as Tosca. I am extremely grateful for everyone’s support.”
As a result, the role of Elsa will now be sung by Irish soprano Jennifer Davis, who was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme from 2015–17. Throughout her time with the program the soprano performed such roles as Euphrosyne/Lachesis in “Orpheus,” Nursing Sister in “Suor Angelica,” Ines in “Il trovatore,” Ifigenia in “Oreste,” Adina in “L’elisir d’amore,” Arbate in “Mitridate, re di Ponto” and in the world premiere of “4.48 Psychosis” for The Royal Opera. Next season she will sing Gretel in “Hansel and Gretel” with The Royal Opera.
Opolais is set to return to the stage in July for a semi-staged performance of “La Boheme” at the Tanglewood Festival and will also return to the Metropolitan Opera for “Suor Angelica.” She also returns to the Wiener Staatsoper for “Tosca.”
“Lohengrin” opens on June 7 and also stars Klaus Florian-Vogt, Christine Goerke, and Georg Zeppenfeld. Andris Nelsons conducts.