In this picture taken June 18, 2013, Russian leading operatic soprano Anna Netrebko speaks at a news conference in Moscow, Russia. Netrebko has pulled out of plans to play Marguerite in Charles Gounod’s “Faust,” saying she’s decided that the role isn’t right for her. The soprano was due to play the part at London’s Royal Opera House, in Vienna and in Baden-Baden, Germany later this year. However, she said in a statement Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, “after much consideration and intensive preparation, I have come to the conclusion that the role is not right for me.” (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Joseph Calleja, performing as Egardo during a dress rehearsal of Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" this year, and Anna Netrebko decided just days before a scheduled Metropolitan Opera tour of Japan that they would not make the trip, citing safety concerns.
Soprano Anna Netrebko, who said she had friends who died of cancer after the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster in 1986, has dropped out of the Metropolitan Opera tour of Japan that begins June 4. Tenor Joseph Calleja (below) also cited concerns about radiation from the stricken nuclear power station north of Tokyo for not making the trip.