Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu was fired after missing more than half of rehearsals for the “La Boheme” play at the Chicago Opera, the company’s spokesperson has announced, quoted by the Chicago Tribune daily.

Gheorghiu said she left for New York to offer moral support to her husband, Roberto Alagna who plays in Romeo and Juliette and attends rehearsals for Madame Butterfly.

She added that despite she did not receive the permission of the Opera to leave for New York, she left whatsoever.

Last time Chicago Opera fired a famous soprano was in 1989 when Luciano Pavarotti cancelled almost half of his scheduled concerts, informs Romanian news agency Rador.