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Natural born Miller

Cast changes (already) for San Francisco Opera: Ukrainian baritone Vitaliy Bilyy will sing Miller in Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Luisa Miller opening Friday, September 11, replacing Thomas Hampson, “who after careful consideration has decided not to add this particular Verdi role to his repertoire prompting his withdrawal from the season opening production.” But wait, there’s more. Read more »

Voilà la belle grisette!

Andriana Chuchman will sing the role of Valencienne in this season’s April and May performances of Lehár’s The Merry Widow, replacing Danielle de Niese, who has withdrawn due to pregnancy.” That’s from the Met press office. (Photo: Cory Weaver)

Name that Rodolfo

Francesco Demuro and Michael Fabiano will sing the role of Rodolfo in the remaining 2014 performances of La Bohème, replacing Ramón Vargas, who has withdrawn from the remainder of the performances due to illness. Read more »

Francesco Demuro

Demuro felice

“Italian tenor Francesco Demuro will make his Met debut in the role of Rodolfo in this evening’s performance of La Bohème, replacing Charles Castronovo who is ill.”

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Rodolfo

Einspring awakening

“In a last-minute substitution, American tenor Bryan Hymel will sing the role of Rodolfo in this evening’s performance of La Bohème, replacing Ramón Vargas, who is ill.”

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garland

Change of pace

La Cieca has just heard that Joseph Kaiser, due to unforeseen circumstances, will not be able to participate in Sunday’s Voce recital.

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rachel

Contessa, stop the music!

“American soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen, who last week won First Prize at the prestigious Operalia competition, will make her Met debut as Countess Almaviva in this December’s performances of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.”  

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Anybody's Pick-up

Breaking apart

I guess we can assume the season is going to happen, because the cast changes are already starting, and the Met’s press office is on it, you guys.

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erin

Sink or swim

Says the Met press office, “Erin Morley will sing the role of Sophie in all performances of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier this season…”

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penda_vepres

Courage… du courage!

La Cieca hears that soprano Alex Penda is en route to London on a rescue mission, for which her friends (young or otherwise) are doubtless giving thanks.

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