Teatro Real fires Turandot soprano

Teatro Real fires Turandot soprano


norman lebrecht

November 16, 2018

First Nina Stemme drops out of Turandot.

Then the conductor Nicola Luisotti decides that Maite Alberola is not up to the role of Liù.

So she has gone, too.

This is turning into Turandisaster in Madrid.

UPDATE: A clarification from Teatro Real:

We would like to clarify that when our artistic director, Joan Matabosch, contracted Ms. Alberola, almost three years ago, to perform Liù, he thought that her voice would evolve in a different way. During the rehearsals of Turandot, Mr. Matabosch and the soprano have agreed that it would be better not to go on with Liù now and to offer her another role in the future.


  • Anonymous says:

    Luisotti has got somebody sacked? I’m SHOCKED, I tell you! SHOCKED!!!

    • Brian says:

      Just for curiosity: Is this a reference to Casablanca? “I am shocked – shocked- to find that there is gambling going on in here!”

  • Sue Grabbitandrun says:

    The tenor has to guess the name of the new Princess Turandot…

  • Alexander says:

    This is a Turan. Dot. ( I mean period) 😉

  • Meal says:

    Her replacement will be Miren Urbieta-Vega who previously performed that role in Valencia.

  • Pedro says:

    And I have tickets for December 6… Harteros cancelled Ballo in Paris, Netrebko cancelled Adriana in Baden-Baden and now Stemme did the same in Madrid. I am not lucky this year.