Angela Gheorghiu Withdraws From Next Season's Don Carlos at Covent Garden

Classic Arts News   Angela Gheorghiu Withdraws From Next Season's Don Carlos at Covent Garden
 
It seems Roberto Alagna isn't the only one in the family having difficulties with a Verdi role. His wife, soprano Angela Gheorghiu, has just withdrawn from a new production of Don Carlos planned for the Royal Opera House in London next season.

A spokesperson for the ROH told London's Daily Telegraph that "Angela has withdrawn from this role," denying rumors that Covent Garden management had dismissed the singer. "She says she wasn't quite sure it was a role for her and she was slightly uncomfortable with it." The part in question is the female lead, Elisabeth de Valois, a French princess romantically entangled with the heir to the Spanish throne.

According to The Observer, Gheorghiu will be replaced by soprano Marina Poplavskaya, a member of the ROH's Jette Parker Young Artists Programme. The production, of the original French-language version of Verdi's historical epic, will be by Nicholas Hytner, head of Britain's National Theatre and one of the most successful stage directors in the English-speaking world.


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