Berlin Philharmonic loses its other two Requiem soloists

Berlin Philharmonic loses its other two Requiem soloists


norman lebrecht

March 11, 2022

Just in from Berlin:

Due to illness, Elena Stikhina (pic) and René Pape also have had to cancel their participation in the performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da Requiem under the direction of Daniel Barenboim from 11 to 13 March. Susanne Bernhard and Tareq Nazmi to take over.

Previously… mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and tenor Fabio Sartori cancelled.


  • ML says:

    We just heard Tareq Nazmi in Chicago. He is excellent.

  • Anonymous Bosch says:

    According to your article a few days ago about Gergiev’s “heroes welcome” in Moscow, Stikhina will sing Brünnhilde in his Mariinsky “Ring” Cycle in March/April – are you sure she was still welcome in Berlin?

  • John Nelson says:

    I’m surprised they have not made come to an arrangement with the very sound and expressive soprano Elena Guseva who, last year at very short notice, stepped in to sing Desdemona in Vienna. She has also performed Verdi’s Requiem. She is now performing at La Scala!!!

    • Fernandel says:

      John Nelson, you teaser !

    • David Dreebin says:

      I think we all know why they’re not asking Elena Guseva. Her name sounds Russian so they’re probably not approaching her for political reasons. Such a sad state of affairs that this world situation is affecting the arts too. Good for Elena that she is performing at La Scala!!

  • Verdi says:

    Obviously covid19 must be very sticky in Berlin. Lisa Batiashvili is the leader of the Berliner Philharmoniker for these 3 Verdi’ Requiem concerts. What has happened to the 2 official leaders and the concermaster?

    • PaulD says:

      They’ve made the seat available to someone whose country is a victim of Russian aggression and who is part of a fund raiser in Berlin for Ukraine.

      I didn’t know she would be there. I watched it on Digital Concert Hall. When she took off her mask, I was taken aback. “Hey, isn’t that….?”

  • Ernie says:

    The concertmaster for the Digital Concert Hall broadcast on Saturday was a dead ringer for Lisa Batiashvili.

  • Israeli says:

    All soloist where terrible!!! Wast of my money and time