Ekaterina Semenchuk Reveals COVID-19 Diagnosis

By Francisco Salazar

Ekaterina Semenchuk has canceled her upcoming performances after testing positive for COVID-19.

The mezzo-soprano took to social media to state, “My dear friends, opera and Mariinsky Theatre fans, and just kind and caring people! I am writing from my page as soon as the strength and opportunity appeared to inform you that I am alive, but at the moment I am fighting COVID under the supervision of serious specialists. Due to illness, I had to cancel my participation in the operas ‘Sadko,’ ‘The Made of Orleans’ and ‘Aida’ at the Mariinsky Theatre, as well as the performances of ‘Aida’ and ‘Macbeth’ at the Bavarian State Opera, where my debut was to take place.”

She continued, “I hope to see you as soon as possible and wish you all a lot of strength, health, optimism, and love! Thank you for support! Many thanks to my family, my loved ones and relatives, my teachers, and friends! Special thanks to doctors and nurses! Hearted thanks for your service, for your time, and life.”

Semenchuk is the last singer to make her illness public following the likes of Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo, Charles Castronovo, Nadine Sierra, Francesco Meli, and Pumeza Matshikiza, among others.

The mezzo-soprano is now slated to return to the stage in August for “Cavalleria Rusticana” at the Teatro Verdi di Salerno.