Anna Netrebko Withdraws from Metropolitan Opera’s New ‘Salome’

By Francisco Salazar

Anna Netrebko has dropped out of a new production of R. Strauss’ “Salome.”

According to an article by the Associated Press, the soprano withdrew from the opera scheduled for 2021-22 citing the role was not right for her.

The production was first announced in 2017 as part of three co-productions with the Bolshoi Theatre and is set to be directed by Claus Guth. The other two productions were “Aida” and “Lohengrin” and all three productions were set to star Netrebko.

It is not the first time the soprano withdraws from a role citing similar reasons. She previously withdrew from two productions of “Norma” at the Royal Opera and Metropolitan Opera as well as “Faust” at the Baden-Baden Festival and Royal Opera House.

Netrebko is set to return to the Metropolitan Opera in her role debut as Abigaille in “Nabucco” and will take on the title role of “Turandot” with the company. This summer she returns to the stage for “Tosca” with the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli and will sing at the Grafenegg Festival.