Covent Garden isn't the only venue to suffer from Anna Netrebko's tardy Faust cancellations. I was a little surprised that the ROH didn't contract Angela Gheorghiu to fill at least a couple of the holes - she is after all the only soprano who knows the production.
But it now seems Angela will get the chance to wield her jewels after all.
After saving the day when Harteros pulled out of a high profile gig last month, Gheorghiu's Marguerite replaces Netrebko's in both Hamburg and Baden Baden.
The Einspringerin of the year title cannot be far away.