"Marina felt that she had to withdraw from Robert le diable due
to a medical condition and on the advice of her doctor. She wanted to
make the decision swiftly in order to accommodate the difficult task of
finding a replacement as early as possible.
However, after further consultations and examinations, she has
been advised that it will be possible for her to continue with the
rehearsals and performances of Robert le diable after all without any risk, and that any necessary treatment can carry on meanwhile or be postponed."
Don't worry if you missed this performance - there are another 21 to go. Yes, it's safe to say that if you're fond of La traviata, Covent Garden is the place to be this autumn. With three casts, three conductors, two separate revival directors and a couple of bonus appearances from Anna Netrebko, you'll be spoilt for choice.
The Tsar's Bride - Royal Opera House, 20 April 2011
When Covent Garden tackled Prokofiev's The Gambler last year, ticket prices were pegged at a maximum of £50. It sold out - bringing in many first time visitors in the process. Despite the opera's obscurity, its unstarry cast and equivocal reviews. Did the Royal Opera House learn anything from that? Obviously not.