Roberto Alagna Withdraws From Bayreuth Festival

By Francisco Salazar

Roberto Alagna has withdrawn from Wagner’s “Lohengrin” at the Bayreuth Festival.

The festival announced that the tenor, who was set to make his festival debut and sing his first Wagner role, withdrew due to overload. The statement also noted that Alagna was unable to spend enough time with the role.

The festival has yet to announce a replacement, but the remaining cast members remain the same.

Alagna will next perform at the Metropolitan Opera where he will open the season. He will also perform  “Andrea Chénier” at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, “Otello” in Opéra National de Paris, “Luisa Miller” in Opera de Monte Carlo, and “La Traviata” in Paris.

The Bayreuth Festival opens on July 25, 2018, with Christian Thielemann conducting a new production of “Lohengrin” by Yuval Sharon with Anja Harteros and Waltraud Meier. The festival will also showcase “Tristan Und Isolde,” “Die Walküre,” “Der Fliegende Holländer,” “Der Meistersinger von Nuremberg,” and “Parsifal.”