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Last Traviata a ROH/17.07 - cancelled

It was announced today by ROH but there's no reason presented. It's not in the Press&Media section but in the casting for this date (July 17th). Check it out here. She is replaced by Mrs Marina Rebeka. The rest of the cast remains unchanged.
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Sorry for those who had tickets. Violetta is really Angela's role.
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12 comments:

  1. Very disappointing as I am going this evening. Rebeka has a very got biography but I think there will be a lot of angry people : I hope the Opera House has a good excuse as it is unacceptable to just change the cast without giving a reason particularly for such a high profile appearance.

    Perhaps I will stay at home and listen to Bryn Terfel from the Proms, especially as the Alfredo is meant to be very inadequate. Ohime.

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  2. Well, there's always at least one cancellation.

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  3. In fact Rebeka made an excellent debut and received acclamation after Act 1 and the end. Given that her next role at Covent Garden will be the Queen of the Night spot on coloratura in Act 1 (though surprisingly no top E). A little lacking in weight and morbidezza at times, especially in the concertante. One verse of "Addio del Passato" but all in all a highly successful debut. A pity about the whining Alfredo.

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  4. I suspect Angela is not completely well. I attended the wednesday performance as well as the premiere, and she struggled in "Sempre Libera", and lost her way in "Dite alla giovane". It was still a gripping performance, but she seemed slightly less in command, and was definitely not as good as at the first performance. Ironically James Valenti was much improved!

    Here's a nother splendid review - not sure from which performance, but extremely positive.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2010/jul/18/punchdrunk-eno-duchess-malfi-traviata

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  5. The Observer-"Gheorghiu is beyond criticism!"
    Now, lucky people fly to Boccanegra.I have to study all the summer... Chris.

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  6. At the entrance at ROH it was written that "Due to illness..." So they presented this reason, but not also online.

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  7. @Vecchio John - I'm glad that in the end you enjoyed the performance.
    @James - uh, you saw her twice. I envy you!
    @Chris - studying is goood :) The "lucky people" will keep you posted.

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  8. The gentleman on stage before the start with the announcement said something about a stomach problem.

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  9. I was completely devastated to find out on arriving to the opera house that she was not performing. I had been looking forward to hearing her live for months and travelled from Ireland to see her. When I went to book my ticket I looked at the casting and it said nothing about having Marina Rebeka.

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  10. I'm sorry, Kelley. I know the feeling. The announcement of changing was posted after 1pm on the day of the performance. It must have been a very good reson for cancelling on such a short notice.

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  11. The first performance is usually a safer bet.

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  12. Most of the "first performances" are in the middle of the week. Most of those willing to travel can do it only during weekends. So it's a sort of take it or leave it. It's a risk that we all assume :)

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