The Metropolitan Opera has released Sonya Yoncheva from La Bohème to sing Norma in London in September, in place of Anna Netrebko who says her voice is unsuited to the role.
ROH Director of Opera Kasper Holten: ‘A huge thank you to the Met for releasing the brilliant soprano Sonya Yoncheva from her scheduled performances there as Mimì in La bohème. They have announced today that Ailyn Pérez will sing Mimì for them in the autumn. We are delighted and appreciative that Sonya will be able to join our excellent cast and creative team for The Royal Opera’s new production of Norma. She has had much success at the Royal Opera House in recent Seasons and we look forward to welcoming her back in the autumn for Norma and as Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann.’
UPDATE: Sondra Radvanovsky will replace Anna at the Met.