Angela Gheorghiu Cancels Major Debut

By Francisco Salazar

Angela Gheorghiu has canceled her Teatro Colón debut in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The soprano released a statement that said “I am deeply upset and disappointed about the lack of professionalism and discourtesy I have encountered in the last days in Buenos Aires, while I was very much looking forward to perform ‘Adriana Lecouvreur’ at Teatro Colón. Due to pre-contractual breaches and the failure of Teatro Colón to fulfill my contractual terms, which are unquestionably respected wherever I sing, in opera houses and concert halls all over the world, I find myself in the impossibility to perform for the Argentinian audiences, which I love and highly adore.”

She continued, “I traveled to Buenos Aires, an extremely long journey, with this uncertainty, hoping that everything will get sorted out as soon as I am in Argentina. It has been already a week since I am here and nothing has improved. I could not even attend any rehearsal without any valid contract signed, of course. I only experienced more disappointment, unprofessional behavior, and disrespect. I even tried to have a conversation with the General Director of the Teatro Colón, Maria Victoria Alcaraz, but, surprisingly, I was refused one. It is a very embarrassing and unpleasant situation for me.

“I interdict the Teatro Colon to sell tickets under my name and to use my name or my image in any of their promotional materials, it is illegitimate and unfair for the people who pay and who are not responsible for this unfortunate circumstances. I was extremely eager to re-encounter with the wonderful, warm public in Buenos Aires, which I cherish a lot, and I can only hope that I will return some other time, under honorable conditions and under the righteous respect and admiration.”

Gheorghiu’s debut was announced in December and the Romanian soprano was to have opened the 2017 season.

She recently sang the role of “Adriana Lecouvreur” at the Royal Opera House where she received rave reviews. She is expected to perform a recital at the Opera Royal de Wallonie and will also perform the title role in Cilea’s opera at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo.