Met loses two stars in one night

Met loses two stars in one night


norman lebrecht

April 21, 2022

Both Nina Stemme and Lise Davidsen pulled out of last night’s Elektra, the end of the current run.

Both were declared unwell.

Substitutes Rebecca Nash and Wendy Bryn Harmer bravely sung on.




  • Warren says:

    The performance this past Saturday with Stemme and Davidsen, which I was in attendance for, was one for the ages.

  • Maria says:

    Singers do get sick, and get Covid too like anyone else! Wish everyone well – both the two indisposed and the two who stepped in – no doubt admirably.

  • DG says:

    I was there. We all pulled out the little slip of paper in the program that announces substitutions and groaned collectively.

  • Tom Phillips says:

    So glad I made it to the fabulous performance the previous Saturday – especially as it turned out to be their last one.

  • TishaDoll says:

    I can’t imagine these 2 as 2 for the ages. Just 2 for 2022.

  • Elektra says:

    This (last weekend was the performance broadcast on the BBC radio 3.

  • Ernest says:

    I try to avoid the last performance in a run when fatigue, home sickness, rehearsals elsewhere etc creeps in.

  • Tancredi says:

    It happens. I had a complete cast change for Tosca at ROH a month or two ago. The ubiquity of Covid has considerably upped the probability of two singers being off at the same time.

  • Kenneth Dinin says:

    Very, very disappointed. This was the second time that I saw the opera, specifically to hear Stemme.

  • Priscilla says:

    I was there on April 12, when Rebecca Nash sang Electra, and I thought she was magnificent in the role. Definitely an amazing actress/singer, and connection with Sister was so deep! She was not afraid of the emotional trauma she had to depict, and put it all into every note. I found it really worked that she was a little older.