Anna Netrebko has spoken to the Rossiyskaya Gazeta about her multiple Faust cancellations.
Affirming that the reasons were exclusively musical and technical, she explained: "Contracts were signed a long time ago, before my voice and, as a result, my repertoire began to change. I decided that Faust doesn't fit - the moment has passed. I'm now facing heavier roles. I just sang Puccini's Manon Lescaut and I'll soon start preparing for Verdi's Macbeth. Faust right now? No way."
The tardy timing of the announcement is not addressed, but in the interview she goes on to explain the detailed and extensive work she recently did on Manon Lescaut in Rome with its conductor, Riccardo Muti. Could Muti's influence have assisted her decision?