During the Munich Opera Festival performances of Giacomo Puccini’s Manon Lescaut (28th and 31st of July 2015) Kristine Opolais will replace Anna Netrebko in the title role. Anna Netrebko will give her Munich role debut as Tatyana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin during the Munich Opera Festival 2015 and will take over the part from the originally scheduled Kristine Opolais. Dates: 26th and 29th of July. Read more »
“Sonya Yoncheva will sing her first-ever staged performances of Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème at the Met on November 14, 20, 24, 28, December 1 and 5, replacing Kristine Opolais. The Met has released Opolais from her contract so that she may sing the title role in a new production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. Opolais will replace Anna Netrebko, who has withdrawn from that production for artistic reasons. In January, Opolais will return to the Met to sing the final three of her originally scheduled performances of Mimì (January 15, 19, and 24).” So says the Met press office.
The scene: a vocal audition, sometime in the past. A young, blond soprano approaches the podium. Her aria: “Un bel di.” She sings. Before she gets to the second “Chi sara” she’s rudely interrupted.
Coming as Peter Gelb did from the music industry, opera lovers hoped that he would display a more distinctive knack for casting and an improved talent pipeline than Joe Volpe offered during the waning years of his tenure.
“In Kristine Opolais, who gave her first Met performance in the title role on Friday night, the company has a Butterfly with the soaring voice and penetrating theatrical presence to meet Minghella’s elegant dramaturgy head on.”
I’ve always had a fondness for Giacomo Puccini’s Suor Angelica and apparently so did he since he often referred to it as, “among the finest of my children.”
Another season opens this weekend, the much-admired series of livestreams from the Bayerische Staatsoper.
The next scheduled appearance of the Met’s Ring production has been canceled, as irrevocably as these things can ever be.