Royal Opera House Announces Cast Change for ‘La Traviata’

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Anush Hovhannisyan official website)

The Royal Opera House Covent Garden has announced that Lisette Oropesa will not be appearing in the role of Violetta Valéry in Verdi’s “La Traviata” for the performance on Nov. 15, 2021.

As a result, Anush Hovhannisyan will take over the role. Hovhannisyan joins a cast that includes Liparit Avetisyan as Alfredo Germont, and Christian Gerhaher as Giorgio Germont. The cast also includes Renata Skarelyte, Blaise Malaba, Stephanie Wake-Edwards, Yuriu Yurchuk, Egor Zhuravskii, and Jeremy White. Antonello Manacorda conducts a production by Richard Eyre.

Hovhannisyan will thus sing the title role for three performances between Nov. 13 and Nov. 17, 2021. The soprano is slated to reprise the role at the Israeli Opera in January and February 2022.

Oropesa will perform the title role in Händel’s “Theodora” alongside Joyce DiDonato between Nov. 18 and Nov. 26, 2021.

First part of the run of “La Traviata” at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden began on Oct. 27, and is set to last until Nov. 17, 2021. Second part will take place from April 2 until April 18, 2022.