La Cieca has just heard that Joseph Kaiser, “due to unforeseen circumstances,” will not be able to participate in Sunday’s Voce recital. Julia Bullock will still be performing, joined by baritone Andrew Garland (pictured) and tenor Paul Appleby. (Photo: Ann Stucki)
“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.” Read more »
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: “Erin Morley will sing Olympia and Christine Rice will sing Giulietta in the first six performances of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Met this season, replacing Hibla Gerzmava, who has retired the roles from her repertory.”
Says the Met press office, “Erin Morley will sing the role of Sophie in all performances of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier this season…”
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.
Two rising young sopranos will make their Met debuts earlier than originally scheduled when they share the role of Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto later this fall, replacing Aleksandra Kurzak, who has withdrawn due to pregnancy.
Elizabeth Bishop will make her Met role debut as Fricka in Saturday evening’s performance of Wagner’s Das Rheingold, replacing Stephanie Blythe, who is ill.
Angela Meade will sing the role of Leonora in tomorrow afternoon’s performance of Verdi’s Il Trovatore, replacing Patricia Racette, who is ill.
American tenor Bryan Hymel will make his Met debut, singing the role on December 26, December 29 matinee, January 1, and January 5 matinee (the date of the global HD transmission).
Pretty Yende will make her Met debut as Countess Adèle in this season’s performances of Rossini’s Le Comte Ory.