Pole blanks Covent Garden

Pole blanks Covent Garden


norman lebrecht

August 30, 2019

The Polish baritone Mariusz Kwiecień, a regular canceller this year, has withdrawn from singing Malatesta in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in October ‘due to personal reasons’.

His replacement is the Austrian Markus Werba.


  • Mike Schachter says:

    There is something serious and sad going on. Has he actually completed performance this year?

  • MusicBear88 says:

    Clearly he has some kind of ongoing vocal issue that he hasn’t yet been able to resolve, whether it’s technical or physical. You don’t start Les pêcheurs de perles only to drop out after Act I three performances in a row unless something is very wrong. No singer wants to not sing.

  • Novagerio says:

    And a good replacement it is !!

  • Ramon Figueroa says:

    Lets hope is just a vocal issue and not something more serious. He was a wonderful Malatesta with Netrebko.

  • BastaCosi says:

    It is sad, but one can only scream like that for so long before the cords go. He had a good run…

  • me! says:

    He is a charming and gifted performer/artist, I only hope these difficulties are not too hard on him and he can enjoy his life regardless, or at least heal from this soon.

  • Stereo says:

    Simple answer,don’t book these habitual cancellars.

    • Helen says:

      Well aren’t you just a charmer? Clearly there is something wrong with him. No singer want to cancel. Surely singers want and need to sing. It seems they cannot win either way. Cancel and they are castigated by people like you. Likewise sing and give a bad performance and the same happens. You clearly have no empathy. Get a life!

  • Maria says:

    More ‘personal reasons’ from a singer.