The Bulgarian mezzo Vesselina Kasarova has pulled out of the Innsbruck Festival of Ancient Music, where she was due to sing Fidalma in Cimarosa’s rarely-seen Il Matrimonio Segreto.
A festival statement said Vesselina had returned home to Switzerland to recover from being attacked late at night by two unknown persons who tried to snatch her handbag. It is not clear where the attack took place and whether the attackers were apprehended. The festival said certain details were being withheld.
The Italian mezzo Loriana Castellano, who has appeared in other Cimarosa works, has learned the role with a few days to spare, saving the production.