Victorian Opera has lost both star leads in next year’s Flying Dutchman.
Both Petra Lang and Vitalij Kowalijow have withdrawn due to the ‘challenges of the vocal range of the demanding parts’.
Didn’t they read the score, or even listen to it, before agreeing to sing? Even among opera excuses this sounds fishy.
Their replacements are US aspirant Lori Philips and German trouper Oskar Hillebrandt.
Yo ho, to ho.