Vida Miknevičiūtė takes on the role of Elsa von Brabant for Sonya Yoncheva at the premiere of Wagner’s LOHENGRIN on December 13th, making her role debut.

Thanks to ZDF / ARTE, the new production, directed by Calixto Bieito and under the musical direction of Matthias Pintscher, will celebrate its premiere as a TV broadcast on ARTE and online!

Unfortunately, due to bronchitis, Sonya Yoncheva has to cancel her participation in the new production of Wagner’s LOHENGRIN, directed by Calixto Bieito and conducted by Matthias Pintscher, in which she was to make her role debut as Elsa von Brabant. The soprano has been struggling with the illness for two weeks and was instructed by her doctors not to sing for at least another week. “I was really looking forward to returning to the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and making my Wagner debut,” said Sonya Yoncheva. “The production premieres on December 13th as a TV broadcast and stream and unfortunately it will simply not be possible to rehearse a role like Elsa as a debut in just one week. That’s why I have to cancel my appearance at the premiere with a heavy heart.”

The Staatsoper Unter den Linden and Sonya Yoncheva are looking for a way to make up for their debut this season. Dates for the production with Sonya Yoncheva as Elsa will be announced as soon as possible.

We wish Sonya Yoncheva a speedy recovery and are very grateful to Vida Miknevičiūtė that she agreed to take over the role at short notice. The Lithuanian soprano was most recently praised in January 2019 at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden for her Chrysothemis in Richard Strauss’ ELEKTRA under the musical direction of Daniel Barenboim. At the side of Roberto Alagna in the title role, Vida Miknevičiūtė is now making her role debut as Elsa. Vida Miknevičiūtė’s biography can be found here.

The other ensemble includes René Pape (Heinrich der Vogler), Martin Gantner (Friedrich von Telramund), and Ekaterina Gubanova (Ortrud), as well as the State Opera Choir. Director Calixto Bieito and Set Designer Rebecca Ringst have developed a solution that makes it possible to bring the concept to the stage in a COVID-19 precaution-compliant manner, with a set that allows for a slightly reduced choir (74 singers) by using the entire depth of the backstage and distributing the choir at prescribed intervals. The Staatskapelle Berlin is playing.

Thanks to our partner ZDF / ARTE, the premiere, which cannot take place in front of an audience due to the COVID-19 cautionary measures, will be broadcast live on December 13th.

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