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Due to pregnancy Diana Damrau withdraws from Robert le diable

Replacement casting for the role will be announced in due course.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

20 April 2012 at 10.12am | 4 Comments

Due to pregnancy, German soprano Diana Damrau has withdrawn from the role of Isabelle in The Royal Opera’s new production of Robert le diable which opens in December 2012.   Replacement casting for the role will be announced in due course.

Giacomo Meyerbeer’s Romantic gothic opera Robert le diable, which had its premiere in 1831 at the Paris Opéra, is presented for the first time since 1890 at Covent Garden in a new production by Laurent Pelly. The production draws upon French medieval art and architecture for its design, and promises to be full of Pelly’s usual stunning theatrical effects. Hailed by Chopin as a ‘masterpiece’ at its premiere, this operatic rarity is conducted by French and Italian opera specialist Daniel Oren.

The rest of the cast remains unchanged with American tenor Bryan Hymel in the title role, American bass-baritone John Relyea as Bertram, Russian soprano and former Jette Parker Young Artist Marina Poplavskaya as Alice,  French bass Nicolas Courjal as  Alberti and French tenor Jean-François Borras as Raimbaut.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

20 April 2012 at 10.12am

This article has been categorised Off stage, Opera and tagged cast change, Diana Damrau

This article has 4 comments

  1. At least this time we are told of the cast change before tickets even go on sale. Let's hope you get a decent replacement.

  2. LP responded on 20 April 2012 at 1:33pm Reply

    there would at least be some proof of the "health and personal reasons" this time. Congratulations to Diana

  3. SH responded on 21 April 2012 at 9:11am Reply

    I wonder whether there is any cast that will stand these days at the ROH - with the latest cast change for La Boheme as well. Disappointing!

  4. Joost Overdijkink responded on 21 April 2012 at 7:50pm Reply

    I wonder how long intervals at Covent Garden useally are. I suppose they last about 30 minutes each. So, counting 30 minutes per interval and deducting that from the predicted lenght of the evening (4 hours 30 minutes), there is 3 hours 30 minutes of music left. Compare that to the lenght of the Berlin production in 2000 and I can say for sure that this production will feature either some impressive big cuts, or greater number of smaller cuts in the score. What a shame... They had the chance to finally make an historic COMPLETE performance of this opera, maybe even record that. Or... intervals at the ROH last only 20 minutes and we could be in for a fantastic surprise!

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