Angela Gheorghiu, not to be outdone by Anna Netrebko‘s cancellation of Violetta in 2010, has just announced that she will not sing Carmen in 2009. According to the Romanian diva’s website, “With deep regret Angela Gheorghiu has to announce that she has to withdraw just from the new production of CARMEN at the MET later this year due to personal reasons. She will appear in the title role as scheduled on April 28 and May 1, 2010.”
UPDATE: It’s official. According to a press release from the Met, Gheorghiu is out of the “first six” performances of Carmen, replaced by Elina Garanca, “who sang the title role of La Cenerentola at the Met last spring to great acclaim.”
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Garanca will withdraw from the Met’s new production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann, with Kate Lindsey jumping in as Nicklausse/Muse.