Just in: Thielemann loses his Gretel

Just in: Thielemann loses his Gretel


norman lebrecht

November 15, 2015

The Israeli soprano Chen Reiss (pictured) has pulled out of Vienna’s Hänsel und Gretel with an unspecified illness.


chen reiss1


She is to be replaced Ileana Tonca, a Romanian singer on the Staatsoper staff.

Christian Thielemann conducts Adrian Noble’s new production.



  • erich says:

    She was miscast in the first place…..

  • DESR says:

    Now this is a production, and a performance (this change notwithstanding) that should be worth hearing and seeing!

  • Holger H. says:

    Somebody make list of all the female lead singers, in a production Thielemann conducted, who slipped out shortly before the first performance.
    I smell a deep psychological issue.