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Cast change: Marina Rebeka to sing in La traviata on 18, 22, 25 and 28 May 2015

Latvian soprano to replace Sonya Yoncheva for these dates, in addition to her previously confirmed performances.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

8 May 2015 at 4.03pm | 16 Comments

Due to illness and with great regret, Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva is forced to withdraw from the first four performances of La traviata on 18, 22, 25 and 28 May. She is suffering from postpartum-induced anaemia and has been ordered by her doctors to observe a period of complete rest and rehabilitation.

Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka will now sing the role of Violetta Valéry for these performances, in addition to her scheduled performances on 6, 9, 11, 13, 15 and 17 June. Sonya Yoncheva is looking forward to returning to The Royal Opera for later performances of La traviata and will sing the role of Violetta on 3, 19, 24, 27 and 30 June and 4 July.

Marina Rebeka has recently sung Violetta at the Metropolitan OperaDeutsche Oper Berlin, Vienna State Opera, Munich Festival, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Maggio Musicale, Florence. Other recent appearances include Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at Lyric Opera of Chicago; Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Donna Anna for Vienna State Opera; Anna in Maometto II in Rome; Léïla in Les Pêcheurs de perles, Donna Anna and Fiordiligi in Zürich; Juliette at Arena di Verona and Mathilde in Guillaume Tell at Dutch National Opera. Concert performances include Britten’s War Requiem with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

The rest of the cast remains the same.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

8 May 2015 at 4.03pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged cast change

This article has 16 comments

  1. Annette responded on 10 May 2015 at 12:50pm Reply

    Oh, all best wishes to Sonia Yoncheva. So sad, however. It would have been the first time for me to see her live on stage. But well, that's how life is. Hope she is well soon and there will be other times to see her performing.

  2. Natalia de Andrade responded on 11 May 2015 at 2:09pm Reply

    What a terrible double disappointment. First, not to hear the great Yoncheva. Second to see that poor substitute.
    I heard Mrs Rebeka in 2010 when she unfortunately stood in for another Gheorghiu defection. Just boring. Couldn't you really find somebody else, something new ? Maybe Jessica Pratt or any Operalia soprano !
    When I look at your next season, I understand that's the end of great casts in London.

    • mg responded on 26 May 2015 at 3:18pm

      hello? this is huge misunderstanding. ms rebeka is really great catch!

  3. NC responded on 11 May 2015 at 3:58pm Reply

    Disappointing. Last visit Noah Stewart and Alexia Voulgaridou withdrew. This time no Sonia Yoncheva. I wonder why you bother publishing cast lists. Best to just show up on the night and hope ROH can find someone to sing the role.

  4. Dame Joan 4 Ever responded on 11 May 2015 at 5:45pm Reply

    This time, Yoncheva is really ill. But why did you choose Rebeka ? People who bought tickets for Yoncheva didn't choose to hear Rebeka; Obviously.
    And those who bought tickets for the two casts will hear Rebeka twice !

  5. John responded on 13 May 2015 at 12:53am Reply

    Yes, I completely agree - it doesn't make sense! Violetta is such an important role and some people have deliberately booked to hear both, or chosen one singer for a particular reason...I suppose it is hard to find a really good Violetta!

  6. Angela Clarke responded on 22 May 2015 at 10:42pm Reply

    Just came out of tonight's La Traviata with Marina Rebeka who gave a dazzling performance. Possibly one of the most talented sopranos in the world - she was magnificent!!!!!

  7. Eileen responded on 26 May 2015 at 9:08am Reply

    Marina was simply amazing last night! I can't tell how fortunate I feel after hearing her perform! My mother heard Joan Sutherland perform Violetta many years ago and said Marina absolutely blew her away! So, for all you doubters who left such derogatory comments, thinking that it's acceptable to talk about such a wonderfully talented singer as if she has no feelings, shame on you! She was a fantastic replacement and worth every penny and more of our £200 tickets! Sonja has a lot to live up to, following her performances! Bravo Marina! BRAVO!!

  8. Elizabeth Odonkor responded on 29 May 2015 at 2:37pm Reply

    I Agree, Marina was breath taking, her control tone and delivery beautiful.
    I had no expectations, and had a magical experience.

  9. Beverly Fox responded on 8 June 2015 at 12:46pm Reply

    My husband and I went to see La Traviata on Saturday 6th. I don't pretend to be an opera expert at all, but we both loved this production and especially Marina Rebeka's performance. Her voice was thrilling and we enjoyed this production from start to finish. I would love to see her again.

  10. Chris Martin responded on 13 June 2015 at 4:50pm Reply

    Marina Rebeka's performance (11 June 2015) was stand-out excellent. Strong, effortless singing, believable acting, poise, confidence and her obvious thrill at curtain calls was terrific to witness. Sumptuous production. George Petean’s Giorgio Germont was thrilling!

  11. Kay Grindell responded on 14 June 2015 at 9:28am Reply

    We saw Marina last night and can endorse the comments....... Truly awesome. Believable in the role and spell binding. A truly worthy star, and shame on those who made the rude unpleasant comments above. She truly relished the appreciation of the audience, a stand out and memorable performance - thank you ROH (costuming fab too)

  12. frank responded on 15 June 2015 at 12:51am Reply

    Saw the production last night (130615) Rebeka's voice is extraordinary and she got a tremendous ovation. Don't take any notice of the negative comments and grab a ticket if you can.

  13. Zac responded on 17 June 2015 at 11:58pm Reply

    Saw La Traviata this evening, and Rebeka was absolutely wonderful. Outstanding performance- one of the best sopranos I have ever heard. When she came out giggling and prancing to the wild cheering of the crowds, it was clear that everyone loved her. It was truly breath taking- I'll be keeping an eye out for more of her performances in the future!

  14. Shant responded on 22 June 2015 at 8:09pm Reply

    Marina Rebeka sang Violetta on 15 June....technically excellent, but not so much expressive depth to her performance. Also, she faltered at the climax of Sempre Libera. Apparently, she faltered in the same manner on opening night too! It felt like Christmas without the turkey. I would avoid Marina Rebeka.....even my 12 year old son was left unimpressed by her performance.

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