Anna Netrebko Reveals Why She Canceled ‘Norma’ At ROH & Metropolitan Opera

By Francisco Salazar

It was one of the most talked about events last year as Anna Netrebko canceled a highly anticipated role debut, “Norma” at the Royal Opera House and the Metropolitan Opera.

The reasoning behind it was that her voice had changed and it “had evolved in a different direction.” However, in a new interview with the Times U.K, the soprano finally revealed the real reason for it.

“I looked at the score. Honestly — I couldn’t even finish listening to the opera. I’m being honest with you. It’s so uninteresting for me. I don’t like the music. I don’t like the character. I tried, really, because this project was very important. But in the end I said, ‘I can’t, my heart is not there.’ And if it’s not there I can’t do anything special with it, and that’s the main reason I pulled out,” she said.

Netrebko also revealed that she would not bare all for her upcoming production of Strauss’ “Salome” at the Metropolitan Opera but she did say that it would be directed by Claus Guth and that it was very interesting.

Netrebko also spoke about her political controversies that saw the public boo her during the Met’s opening night gala in 2013 and said that she was done being political and holding flags.

She will next appear at the Paris National Opera in Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” for which she recently garnered rave reviews at the Metropolitan Opera.