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Cast change: Lianna Haroutounian to sing remaining performances of Les Vêpres siciliennes

Armenian soprano replaces Marina Poplavskaya due to illness.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

28 October 2013 at 5.56pm | 9 Comments

The role of Hélène will now be sung by Armenian soprano Lianna Haroutounian for all remaining performances of Les Vêpres siciliennes.

Unfortunately the illness that prevented Marina Poplavskaya from singing the role of Hélène in the premiere of our new production of Les Vêpres siciliennes has persisted longer than expected, and has made it impossible for her to sing the remaining performances. We look forward to welcoming her back to The Royal Opera for further engagements.

The rest of the cast remains the same.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

28 October 2013 at 5.56pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged cast amendment, cast change, Lianna Haroutounian

This article has 9 comments

  1. PetetheCheat responded on 28 October 2013 at 6:19pm Reply

    Poplavskaya tried to sing last week with the illness, but her health must now be worse than then and is expected not to improve sufficiently until Vepres has ended.

  2. malcolm responded on 29 October 2013 at 4:03pm Reply

    Hallelujah!!
    My prayers are answered!
    Just hope she in good health for rest of run!!

    MAYBE this now the end of ROH's unfathomable support and use of Miss Poplavskaya!!??

  3. PetetheCheat responded on 29 October 2013 at 5:33pm Reply

    She will be used again by the ROH, as soon as her health allows. She is a fine actress and decent singer when in good health.

  4. Attended 'Les Vepres Siciliennes' last night, and firstly have to commend the ROH on an excellent all-round performance and production of a true masterpiece of the French grand style, succeeding where they had so sadly misfired with 'Robert le Diable' last season. I was not at all disappointed to learn that Marina Poplavskaya was to be replaced by Lianna Haroutounian, and was very much looking forward to hearing the Armenian soprano for the first time. Initially, her voice, though beautiful, did not seem large enough to fill the cavernous Royal Opera House, and from my position towards the rear of the amphitheatre, she seemed distant and unable to ride the great dramatic ensembles of the first three acts. However, she truly came into her own in Act 4 with some meltingly beautiful pianissimo phrasing, reminding me of the young Montserrat Caballe. This was very classy singing of the highest order. The Act 5 Bolero was a little tentative, but it was at least accurate, and it does come at the end of a very long evening. I was very glad to have the opportunity to hear Miss Haroutounian, and I hope that she will be returning to the Opera House in future Verdian roles.

  5. John Rose responded on 30 October 2013 at 1:05pm Reply

    I don't know him...nor would I wish to...but what a thoroughly unpleasant person "Malcolom" sounds

  6. LOUIS responded on 30 October 2013 at 2:02pm Reply

    Malcolm is not nasty and hits the nail on the head.Ms.Poplavskaya has had vocal technique problems since the word go.She wouldn"t have featured in a major house back in the days when Price,Tebaldi,Freni,etc were around.At least Lianna appears to be more consistent and closer to a Verdian spinto

    • PetetheCheat responded on 30 October 2013 at 2:28pm

      Apparently, she started singing major roles in Russia too early, with insufficient vocal training, which left her with an unfinished technique. Add to that her list of quite serious respiratory illnesses. She only really sings well when she is fit and healthy and the role suits her. Her worst performances have been when she was ill, which highlighted any technical deficiencies she had. But she makes up for all of that by her stage presence and exceptional acting ability.

  7. francophile responded on 31 October 2013 at 2:17pm Reply

    I wonder if Ms. Poplavskaya will be able to fulfill her scheduled run of five performances of Eugene Onegin in New York beginning in three weeks:

    http://www.metoperafamily.org/opera/eugene-onegin-tchaikovsky-tickets.aspx

    Perhaps Mr. Gelb has someone already in mind as a last minute replacement?

  8. malcolm responded on 2 November 2013 at 8:30am Reply

    Not being nasty at all!! Just factual!!
    I am regular CG goer and expect to see worlld class performances which, on the 4 occasions I have seen Miss Poplavskaya,,has been SIGNIFICANTLY less!!
    She is simply not worthy of appearing on a stage as prestigious as CG despite her good intents!!

    Incidentally Had VINTAGE Verdi night last night courtesy of Miss Haroutounian et al!!

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