Barabara Haveman jumped in last night at La Scala in the opening of Robert Carsen’s new production of Fanciulla del West, conducted by Riccardo Chailly.
She replaced her fellow-Dutch soprano Eva Maria Westbroek, who is unwell.
The show received a 9-minute ovation and very few boos. This may have been Haveman’s Scala debut.
In Vienna, Alexandra LoBianco messaged: ‘What did I just do tonight….oh wow, what a night.’
The young American replaced Anne Schwanewilms as Leonore in Fidelio.
It’s a good time for singers to stay close to their phones.