Another opera star drops role at short notice

Another opera star drops role at short notice


norman lebrecht

March 02, 2014

Piotr Beczala has dropped out of Tales of Hoffman in Vienna, the month after next. It would have been his role debut.

What made him decide so late that he couldn’t sing the role? Same question to Anna Netrebko.

Great singers get put under great pressure to undertake new roles. They don’t agree lightly. When they do, they should make sure they know what they’re about to sing before signing on any dotted line. Or they’ll miss payments on the car…

piotr beczala car

pictured: Mr Beczala with his XK150S , 1958, and wife, Kassia.

piotr beczala car


Piotr has posted this message on his Fb site:

Liebe Wiener Freunde und Fans,

Wie Sie schon wahrscheinlich wissen, habe mich entschieden den Hoffmann nicht in mein Repertuar aufzunehmen und bin dankbar Dominique Meyer meine Entscheidung zu akzeptieren.

Um so mehr freue mich auf die bevorstehende 3 Faust Vorstellungen auch wenn Anna Netrebko die Marguerite nicht in Ihr Repertuar aufnimmt ,

diese Entscheidung künstlerischer Art ist ebenfalls zu respektieren…

Sonya Yoncheva , meine Wiener “Juliette ” wird sicher wunderbar sein!

Somit können Sie die Information die in Startseite von Neuem Merker über meine Faust ( Debüt !?!) absage völlig ignorieren!

Wir sehen uns in Wien


Dear Viennese friends and fans,

As you probably know, I have decided not to include the Hoffmann in my repertoire and am grateful to Dominique Meyer (Vienna Opera director) for accepting my decision.

It means I can look forward even more to the upcoming three Faust performances even if Anna Netrebko is not singing Marguerite, which she has just dropped from her repertoire.

One has to respect these artistic decisions.

Sonya Yoncheva, my Viennese “Juliette” will certainly be wonderful!

You can use this information and totally ignore Der Neue Merker’s report of my withdrawal.

See you  soon in Vienna


  • Lesley Gould says:

    Love the liederhosen.

  • Rosalind says:

    He has far better taste in cars than Lang Lang…