Russian soprano Anna Netrebko has bowed out of an upcoming production of Faust at London's Royal Opera House, insisting she isn't the right fit for the role. The opera star, who recently performed at the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in Sochi, Russia, has been rehearsing to play Marguerite in a revival of Charles Gounod's show in preparation of April's (13) opening.
However, the singer has since stepped down from the job and apologised for her withdrawal.
A statement released on Friday (28Feb14) reads: "I am so sorry to have to withdraw from the role of Marguerite in Faust. After much consideration and intensive preparation, I have come to the conclusion that the role is not right for me.
"I had been very much looking forward to debuting this role at the Royal Opera House and following it with further performances in Vienna (Austria) and Baden-Baden (Germany). Unfortunately, I must now withdraw from all these productions. I am very sad to be disappointing my fans in these cities and hope they will understand the difficult decision that I have had to make. However, I am very much looking forward to returning to The Royal Opera to perform with the company again in 2015."
A replacement for Netrebko has yet to be announced, although the rest of the line-up remains unchanged, with tenor Joseph Calleja in the title role and Bryn Terfel as Mephistopheles.
Joe C., Kid Rock's diminutive rapping sidekick, died in his sleep Thursday evening at his Taylor, Mich., home, according to an Atlantic Records press release.
Born Joseph Calleja, Joe C., 26, was afflicted since childhood with an intestinal disorder known as celiac disease. The disease prevented the rapper from growing above the height of 3'9", a fact that Joe C. proudly proclaimed in one of his rap songs.
Rock added Joe C. to his lineup in 1994 after discovering that Joe C. was a longtime fan who knew all of Rock's lyrics. In 1998, Joe C. appeared on Kid Rock's hit disc "Devil Without a Cause" and toured in support of the album as part of Rock's Twisted Brown Trucker band.
Before his death, Joe C. reportedly was working on a solo album. Although he had to limit his touring and appearances due to his health, Joe C. was able to play at several dates on this year's Summer Sanitarium tour, featuring Rock, Metallica and Korn.
In an official statement, Rock said: "We have lost part of our family. Joey gave us and the world his love. ... He gave us the gift of joy. Joey, thank you. We will never forget you. We love you."
(POSTED: 11/19/00 at 2 p.m. ET)