Chicago loses Faust star to cancer treatment

Chicago loses Faust star to cancer treatment


norman lebrecht

January 18, 2018

The Canadian-American soprano Erin Wall has pulled out of the role of Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust at the Lyric Opera in March in order to undergo chemotherapy.

Lyric’s president Anthony Freud said in a statement that ‘her doctors expect a full recovery within a few months, according to her manager. Everyone at Lyric wishes Erin all the best and looks forward to welcoming her back in future seasons.’

Ms Wall will be replaced for six of the seven performances by Ailyn Pérez. The seventh will be sung by Ana María Martínez.

UPDATE: Erin has tweeted: Not the happiest of news for me, but a temporary setback. Ailyn will be a gorgeous Marguerite!

Then she added: Hi Twitter. I have cancer. Yes, it’s true. Don’t freak out. I’m getting AMAZING treatment and I’m also singing concerts between treatments. My prognosis is very good. I’m fine.




  • Bruce says:

    Best wishes.

  • Zelda Macnamara says:

    I do hope she recovers.

  • Derek says:

    Good prognosis and great that Erin is so positive. Best wishes to her.

  • RW2013 says:

    A wonderful Vanessa in Berlin in 2016.

  • Old Man in the Midwest says:

    A great singer. I wish her a speedy recovery.

  • Gordon Cherry says:

    We love you Erin!! Good luck in Calgary soon.