Ainhoa Arteta Cancels ‘Hadrian’ in Spain

By Francisco Salazar

The Teatro Real de Madrid has announced a cast change for its production of Rufus Wainwright’s “Hadrian.”

The company noted that Ainhoa Arteta will no longer sing the role of Plotina and will be replaced by Alexandra Urquiola.

The news comes days after the soprano posted a video on Instagram studying the score of the opera and noting that it was “a great work of art.” She also added that it was a very complex musically.

This is the third cast change for the production which saw Xabier Anduaga cancel his participation and was replaced by Santiago Ballerini as well as Rubén Amoretti who was replaced by Christian Federici.

“Hadrian” will be perfomed first at the Teatro Real on July 27 and then at the Festival Castell de Peralada on July 29. The cast will also include Thomas Hampson, Vanessa Goikoetxea, Berna Perles, Pablo García López, Alejandro del Cerro, David Lagares, Josep Ramón Olivé, Vicenç Esteve, Gregory Dahl, and Albert Casals.