The diva has explained her last-minute absence from last night’s Adriana Lecouvreur:
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Unfortunately , I get very sick with cold( probably from air conditioning ) and have to cancel tonight performance in Salzburg. Hope to be back for next one on 3 of August … sorry 🙏😍 К сожалению из за внезапной сильной простуды ( видимо кондиционер ) я должна отказаться от сегодняшнего выступления… надеюсь поправиться к 3 Августа на заключительный концерт. Мне очень жаль 🙏😍
Her substitute was Hui He, a Chinese soprano presently at Verona. How did she do? Brilliantly, says this Italian site.
Hui He was in Verona yesterday morning, rehearsing Tosca which she will sing at the Arena on August 23 and 29. During a rehearsal break, she received a call asking if she could replace Netrebko in Cilea’s opera that evening. Hui He accepted, ran home with her pianist, Cristina Orsolato, and studied the role for two hours, having recently sung it for the first time. After that she ate an egg, put a concert dress in her suitcase and went to Villafranca Airport where a private plane was waiting for her, made available by the Festival. Arriving at the Grosses Festspielhaus, she met Maestro Marco Armiliato and did a brief test with him, put on make-up and went on stage. The reception for Hui He at the end of the work was enthusiastic with numerous acclamations and calls to the fore.