Anna Netrebko to Return to Stage With ‘Manon Lescaut’ at Opéra de Monte-Carlo

By Francisco Salazar

The Opéra de Monte-Carlo has announced a cast change for its upcoming performances of “Manon Lescaut.”

The company that Anna Netrebko will replace Maria Agresta, who is ill, in the title role due.

The performances, which are set to be held on April 22 through April 30, will mark Netrebko’s first performances since Feb. 22 when she sang a production of “Aida” at the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli. Since then the soprano has been caught in a media storm for her previous ties to President Putin and has released three statements denouncing the war in Ukraine.

In late March, the soprano said she would return to the stage in May after having withdrawn from commitments with such companies as the Metropolitan Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Opernhaus Zurich, Berlin State Opera, and Bayerische Staatsoper.

The soprano last performed the role of “Manon Lescaut” at the Metropolitan Opera in 2016 and has also performed the role at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. Salzburg Festival, and Wiener Staatsoper.

She joins a cast that includes Yusif Eyvazov and Claudio Sgura. Pinchas Steinberg conducts.