(Credit: Zemsky Artists)
Nino Machaidze has withdrawn from Verdi’s “La Traviata” at the Opéra National de Paris.
The company announced that due to health reasons the soprano would not be able to perform in the new production by Simon Stone. As a result, Zuzana Marková will replace Machaidze.
Marková is a rising star who has performed the role of Violetta at the Atlanta Opera, Teatro Maggio Musicale, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, and Teatro Lirico di Caligari. She is set to take on the Verdi heroine at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Fenice, and Berlin State Opera.
Marková joins the second cast that includes Atalla Ayan and Jean-Francois Lapointe. The first cast is headed by Pretty Yende and Benjamin Bernheim.
“La Traviata” opens on Sept. 9 and runs through Oct. 16, 2019.
Nino Machaidze’s Facebook Post about the Cancelation
“My dears, with my deepest regret I have to let you know that I will not be able to perform my La Traviata performances at the Opéra national de Paris. I have always had problems with my hip and as a result of a radiography done few weeks ago, we saw that I have an inflammation of my right leg nerve and the cartilage of my hip is very consumed. I have already done some physical therapy this month and now I have less pain, but next September I have to do special treatments with injections, to help my hip to feel better in order not to have leg problems as I had in this last period. During the therapy that doctors prescribed me, I need not to produce physical stress to my body and go on with further physical therapy in the same time. For this reason it will not be possible for me to do stage rehearsals for hours in the same day, which is what such demanding role requires, as well as to sing performances with leg pain.
I know that all the performances are sold out and I’m very sorry for all my fans and friends who already purchased the tickets for my performances 💖 I was super excited and couldn’t wait for my return to Paris starting rehearsals in August, but as we all know health is most important and in September I have to take care of myself 🤗 Love you all and in the meanwhile, since concerts are not a problem for me, as I don’t have any physical stress while singing, I will be happy to see you in Copenhagen for Tivoli Festival concert on August 3, then at Salzburg Festival on August 25 and 31 for my Luisa Miller and then in October I will be back to the stage for all my performances 💖”