Jennifer Rowley, the American soprano clumsily dumped from the Royal Opera House's Robert le Diable in 2012, has revealed more about the fiasco to the Wall Street Journal.
After agreeing to sub at a late stage for the pregnant Diana Damrau, she ran into problems in rehearsals. Conductor Daniel Oren "wanted it to go really fast and really high," she told the WSJ. "It was like trying to get an F150 to move like a Fiat."
"When you are trying to sing, and you are stressed and worried and crying, it immediately goes to the throat," she said. "Everything becomes constricted and tight."
"I thought this was the end of my career."
Fortunately for her, the Met disagreed. Last night she triumphed there as Musetta in La bohème. The New York Classical Review was first off the reviewing block, praising her "memorable house debut" and her "rich, dark, but nimble voice."
Bridges have not been burned with the ROH either. True to their 2012 promise, they've hired her to sing Musetta in 2015 - when a certain will-she, won't-she Russian soprano may or may not turn up to give us her Mimì as well.