The Metropolitan Opera this week switched the announced performer in the title role of Vincenzo Bellini's opera 'Norma' for their upcoming 2017-18 season. Sondra Radvanovsky will replace Anna Netrebko beginning with the Met's season opener on September 25, 2017.
The Salzburg Whitsun Festival will has a new appointee this season: Cecilia Bartoli, who will head the post of artistic director. Bartoli, who has been at the helm since 2012, was given the appointment by Alexander Pereira.
One would think that if Anna Netrebko announced a new role, it would be met with excitement. However, this wasn't the case when Anna said she would go out for Lady Macbeth. But in light of her performance in Verdi's classic, Netrebko proved she can transcend any role.