This is Olga Peretyatko, a rising Russian soprano who is touring Germany as Adina in Donizeeit’s L’elisir d’amore. Olga writes:
Yesterday was a really great evening with Teatro Regio di Torino here in Wiesbaden. But only a few of you know, what a week I have had. My adorable grandmother died exactly on my birthday, I was and am still sick, with laryngitis and a common cold.
Yesterday with all these medicaments and thanks to vocal technic I sang a wonderful performance. But this morning my body just told me: I can’t do anymore, it’s too much.
In the photo I’m by a doctor, with a cortisone infusion and with an oxygen mask. Nice! But it’s too dangerous to sing tonight. And I still need my vocal chords for my future.
I know, that some of you came extra for me today to Wiesbaden. I tried everything, believe me! I’m really sorry, but I must cancel tonight.
LATER: Actually I wanted to speak to the audience with my bass-baritone voice, and tell them, how sorry I am, but the theatre of Wiesbaden wanted to make their own announcement. A lot of people were disappointed.
So that was my second cancellation due to illness since 2005, when I canceled one Blümanmadchen in Hamburg.
And I hope it was the last one.