Aleksandra Kurzak Withdraws from Royal Opera’s ‘La Traviata’

By Francisco Salazar

Aleksandra Kurzak has withdrawn from performances of Verdi’s “La Traviata” at the Royal Opera House.

The soprano said via social media, “Tomorrow my 2nd performance of Verdi’s ‘La Traviata.’ Considering the worrying health situation I have decided to withdraw from the production after this second show. The situation is very difficult and I want to be able to join my family now, as it may be not possible very soon. I have also the feeling that it is my duty to be in solidarity with everybody who is facing, fighting or getting ready to fight this virus. I’m very sorry maybe to disappoint some of you, but sometimes we have to make difficult decisions.”

Kurzak was part of a cast that includes Frédéric Antoun and George Petean with Maurizio Benini conducting.

The Royal Opera House has not announced a replacement for Kurzak.

The company stated that they are taking precautions and following ongoing guidance from Public Health England in dealing with the spread of COVID-19.

“La Traviata” is set to run until March 23, 2020.