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 Opera, Deutsche 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.