It’s unusual for a soprano to announce she is dropping a role before she has even sung it.
But Anna Netrebko is unusual.
As a result of today’s decision, we will never get to hear her as Marguerite in Faust. Covent Garden (next month), Vienna and Baden-Baden are scrambling to replace her. Some in the vocal biz think she has been singing too much Puccini to get back into the high romantics.
Here’s her website statement:
A Statement from Anna Netrebko Regarding Her Withdraw (sic) from Faust
Mar 1, 2014
I am so sorry to have to withdraw from the role of Marguerite in Faust. After much consideration and intensive preparation, I have come to the conclusion that the role is not right for me. I had been very much looking forward to debuting this role at the Royal Opera House and following it with further performances in Vienna and Baden-Baden. Unfortunately, I must now withdraw from all these productions. I am very sad to be disappointing my fans in these citiesand hope they will understand the difficult decision that I have had to make. However, I am very much looking forward to returning to The Royal Opera to perform with the company again in 2015.
— Anna Netrebko
– See more at: http://www.annanetrebko.com/2014/02/28/anna-netrebko-withdraws-from-role-of-marguerite-in-faust/#sthash.dyxas6vh.dpuf