7 May 2013 at 1.13pm | 48 Comments
German soprano Anja Harteros has withdrawn from singing the role of Elizabeth of Valois in Don Carlo for the performance on 8 May due to acute tonsillitis.
The role of Elizabeth of Valois will now be sung by Armenian soprano Lianna Haroutounian, who makes her debut with The Royal Opera in this role. Lianna will also sing Elizabeth of Valois on 15, 18, 21 and 25 May.
Lianna’s recent appearances include Leonora in Il trovatore (Opéra de Marseille), Leonora in La forza del destino (Paris Opéra), Amelia in Un ballo in maschera (Stadttheater, Bern; and Grand Théâtre, Tours), Amelia in Simon Boccanegra and Mimì in La bohème (Grand Théâtre, Tours) and Violetta in La traviata (Festival de Sanxay). Her roles for the 2012-13 season include Elena (I vespri siciliani for the Athens Megaron and in Bilbao, and Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly) for Festival de Sanxay.