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Marina Poplavskaya withdraws from Robert le diable due to illness

Audiences will be contacted directly in due course with further information about the cast change.

By Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products)

5 November 2012 at 4.46pm | 15 Comments

Edit: Contrary to this cast change, Marina Poplavskaya will be performing this role. [12.11.12]

Due to illness, it is with deep regret that Marina Poplavskaya has had to withdraw immediately from The Royal Opera’s new production of Robert le diable.  The Royal Opera wishes Marina a full and speedy recovery.

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

The rest of the cast remains unchanged, with American tenor Bryan Hymel in the title role, American bass-baritone John Relyea as Bertram, American soprano Jennifer Rowley as Isabelle, French bass Nicolas Courjal as Alberti and French tenor Jean-François Borras as Raimbaut. All performances are conducted by Daniel Oren.

Robert le diable, directed by Laurent Pelly, is at the Royal Opera House from
6 - 21 December.

By Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products)

5 November 2012 at 4.46pm

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This article has 15 comments

  1. In due course! The production opens in 4 weeks.

  2. Gianluca responded on 6 November 2012 at 9:52am Reply

    For the role of Alice soprano June Anderson is perfect.

  3. John responded on 6 November 2012 at 11:53am Reply

    This is sad news for all of us - I hope Marina recovers soon. Alice would have been a wonderful role for her. Personally I would love to see Elisabeth Meister take over - after all, it was in French Grand opera that Marina had her breakthrough!

  4. Yes Miss Meister would be terrific !

  5. Victoria responded on 6 November 2012 at 3:40pm Reply

    Would also love to see Eva-Maria Westbroek or Anna Caterina Antonacci step in - they both did a great job at the ROH's recent staging of Les Troyens (another great Grand opera!)

  6. Tony Glenville responded on 7 November 2012 at 2:00pm Reply

    Firstly I would like to point out that the posters for this production STILL advertise Diana Damrau who withdrew in APRIL!
    So....4 weeks before opening night Alice will be announced - who knows the role at such short notice might be a better question since this is a key, big sing role? Still unanswered is which version of the score will be sung? The version June Anderson was in at the Opera Garnier was certainly not the most complete version now available, also I must say that much as I admire her to return to this role at this stage of her career might not be the wisest thing to do. Neither Antonacci or Westbroek have the flexible coloratura for this role ............whoever it is better be announced pretty soon since I imagine in a totally new production they will need proper rehearsal time!

  7. londonkings responded on 7 November 2012 at 2:59pm Reply

    Clearly Kasper Holten's hopes for fewer cancellations this season, have already been severely tested. I wish ROH good luck with casting this role quickly and to the required high standard. It won't be easy!

  8. Tony Glenville responded on 7 November 2012 at 7:01pm Reply

    I imagine at this late stage in a new production it will be anyone who knows the role? Meanwhile - since Diana Damrau withdrew in April why is her name still on the huge posters I have seen? Also neither Westbroek or Antonacci have the coloratura the role of Alice requires

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 10 November 2012 at 12:37am

      Hi Tony

      I've asked the Marketing department and they assure me that print deadlines are such that the posters were signed off before Diana Damrau withdrew.

      Best wishes


  9. John responded on 8 November 2012 at 12:43pm Reply

    Carmen Giannatassio would seem the obvious choice as she has done it before and has the appropriate profile. Alas she is meant to be opening the new season in her home town of Naples, so she may be difficult to persuade. Perhaps her and Poplavskaya could swap contracts? Marina knows Traviata well so could probably step in once she's recovered.

  10. Sebastian Petit responded on 9 November 2012 at 11:59am Reply

    Liz Meister would be excellent but she is engaged elsewhere unfortunately. Anderson's role in this work was Isabelle and she was superb (but well over 20 years ago)

  11. I believe Jenny Lind, among other 19th century sopranos, sang both Alice and Isabelle in the same performance. At last resort, perhaps Ms. Rowley can do the same. At this point I just hope the performance comes off as I am coming from the States.

  12. Tony Glenville responded on 13 November 2012 at 8:39am Reply

    17 working days approx until opening night! ...........or will it open? The production looks great from the models shown and the film of the back cloth but how fast can a singer learn a role and production or who at such short notice at least knows the role?
    Thank you Sebastian Petit for reminding me it was Isabelle June Anderson sang at the Opera Garnier!

  13. Michael Brind responded on 14 November 2012 at 10:39am Reply

    I am sure that all your departments run on tight budgets but the excuse that print deadlines prevent you from getting replacement posters produced when so much time is available is one of the limpest I have seen. I knew about the change before I booked tickets so have not been affected, but presumably the posters are only there to persuade people to buy tickets and allowing misleading information to be perpetuated in this way looks like laziness or arrogance.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 14 November 2012 at 11:27am

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for your comment. With our advertising beginning well in advance of rehearsals, with the nature of the artform, unfortunately there are occasions when casting does change. In regards to 'out of date' posters, we aren't able to remove these but all material designed and printed after any cast change will have amends made.

      We are happy to confirm that contrary to this announcement, Marina will perform this role as originally publicized >


      Social Media Manager

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