Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala and Erwin Schrott, with Christian Thielemann conducting the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, were scheduled on two New Year's Eve concerts at the Semperoper Dresden on 30. and 31. December to perform Highlights from Franz Lehár's Operettas.
A press release, announcing the withdrawal of Anna Netrebko and Erwin Schrott, was published on the official website of the Semperoper Dresden on 30. November 2011. The sopranos Angela Denoke and Ana Maria Labin have been chosen to replace them.
The two concerts were sold out.