Arena di Verona Announces Cast Change for ‘Aida’

By Francisco Salazar

The Arena di Verona has announced a cast change for the last two performances of “Aida.”

The company noted that Liudmyla Monastyrska will no longer sing the title role and will be replaced by Maria José Siri on August 28 and by Monica Conesa on Sept. 4.

Siri recently performed in the Arena di Verona’s Placido Domingo gala and in a production of “Nabucco.” She has also performed in the company’s “Aida” over the years. Conesa recently made her professional debut as “Aida” at the Arena di Verona and is set to perform at the Teatro Filarmonico in a production of “La Gioconda.”

Siri will join a cast that includes Olesya Petrova, Jonas Kaufmann, Abramo Rosalen, and Sebastian Catana while Conesa will sing alongside Petrova, Fabio Sartori, Riccardo Zanellato, and Amartuvshin Enkhbat. Daniel Oren conducts both performances.

Monatstyrska opened the Arena di Verona’s “Aida” in June and performed a total of three performances. The soprano returns to the stage for a production of “La Forza del Destino” at the Verdi Festival in Parma.