It always sounded too strange to be true. Angela Gheorghiu, the opera world's most notorious canceller, filling in for Anna Netrebko, holder of the #2 position?
Now Gheorghiu announces via Facebook that she's not going to replace Netrebko in the Baden Baden Faust this summer after all. It seems she forgot her principles when she agreed to the gig:
"I am very sorry to have to turn down the offer from the Baden-Baden-Festspielhaus to perform in Faust in June this year. It has always been one of my principles not to sing in a new production that has not been conceived from the very beginning for me. It is also rather unusual for me to have to replace another singer. Nevertheless, I have tried to make it possible and to be available for the whole period but unfortunately I have not been successful in doing this."
Baden Baden, it appears, have not yet been told.