After becoming possibly the first ever singer to be booed *at a dress rehearsal* at Covent Garden, news comes that Micaela Carosi is out of Aida. Her replacement in the title role is the promising Liudmyla Monastyrska, also to be seen as Lady Macbeth next month.
Out too is the faceful of slap. This season's Amneris, Olga Borodina, has opted for a more natural look than Marianne Cornetti (above) sported in the first run.
*** UPDATE **** Ms Carosi has withdrawn "due to pregnancy", according to the ROH press release.