OPERA NEWS - Piotr Beczala to Replace Roberto Alagna in Bayreuth Festival's New Lohengrin
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4 July 2018

Piotr Beczala to Replace Roberto Alagna in Bayreuth Festival's New Lohengrin 

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TENOR PIOTR BECZALA will replace Roberto Alagna in the title role of the Bayreuth Festival’s new production of Lohengin, administrators at the historic festival announced today.   

The announcement of Beczala's assumption of the title role followed reports last week that Alagna, who had been scheduled to make his Bayreuth debut as Wagner’s Knight of the Swan in Yuval Sharon’s new festival-opening production, had withdrawn from the role due to ill-preparation. Festival administrators reported that they had been informed by the tenor’s manager that “[he] has to cancel the new production of Lohengrin because he wasn’t able to sufficiently study the part due to work overload.” 

Earlier this summer, Alagna sang the eponymous hero in a new production of Samson et Dalila at the Vienna State Opera before singing Manrico at the Opéra National de Paris. During the coming months, the tenor is scheduled to open the Metropolitan Opera season in September in Darko Tresnjak’s new production of Saint-Saëns’s opera before singing Alagna in Traviata performances in Paris; in November, he sings the title role in Deutsche Oper Berlin performances of Andrea Chénier and next March he is slated to sing the title role in Paris Otellos.


Beczala, who made his role debut as Lohengrin in 2016 Dresden performances that also featured Anna Netrebko’s first outing as Elsa, will reportedly cancel recitals in Granada, Paris, Tanglewood, Czech Republic and Munich in order to prepare for his Bayreuth debut in just three weeks. 

Bayreuth’s new production of Lohengrin, which opens the festival on July 25, will also feature Anja Harteros’s Elsa, Waltraud Meier’s Ortrud, and Georg Zeppenfeld’s Heinrich. Bayreuth music director Christian Thielemann conducts the Yuval Sharon’s staging, which will mark the first time that an American will direct a production at the festival devoted to presenting Wagner's works. spacer 

More information can be found at the Bayreuth Festival and Merkur.de.

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