A singer’s life: the harsh reality

A singer’s life: the harsh reality


norman lebrecht

May 25, 2014

Olga Peretyatko

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.

Take care!


  • J Harvey says:

    I am so sorry. I have been ill the last three weeks and I am supposed to reaudition for a professional chorale. This is the only week or I cannot sing in it next year. But the coughing I’ve had the last few weeks from a virus that triggered asthma has made my voice horrible and I cannot sing without coughing. It saddens me so that even when I recover I am unable to sing with this wonderful group for a year. But life is not fair. Please recover soon. And I understand.