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Put your Dukes up

Bryan Hymel has withdrawn from upcoming performances as the Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto, due to personal reasons,” says the Met’s press office.  Read more »

Mai Tosca alla scena

Sonya Yoncheva will make her role debut in the Met’s new production of Puccini’s Tosca next season replacing Kristine Opolais, who has withdrawn for personal reasons. The Met looks forward to welcoming Ms. Opolais back in future seasons. The company is grateful to the Vienna State Opera for releasing Ms. Yoncheva from a previous commitment.” Read more »

Singin’ in the reine

reine“French mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch has withdrawn from [Lyric Opera of Chicago’s] premiere of Berlioz’s Les Troyens for personal reasons. Stepping into the role of Dido will be American mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, world-renowned as an interpreter of French repertoire, in general, with a special emphasis on the music of Berlioz.”

Chute and ladders

San Francisco Opera yesterday announced its third major cast change in five days. Richard Croft, who was scheduled to sing a brace of roles in a Fall of the House of Usher double bill has withdrawn from the production “for personal reasons.” Replacing him are Jason Bridges in the Gordon Getty portion of the evening’s entertainment, while Joel Sorensen jumps into the Debussy. [San Francisco Opera]

The virgin Einspring

Jamie Barton will make her San Francisco Opera debut as Adalgisa in Norma for five of the opera’s seven performances on September 5, 10, 14, 27 and 30. Ms. Barton replaces Daveda Karanas, who has withdrawn from the production for personal reasons.

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The beautiful glass is empty

Juliane Banse will make her Met debut as Zdenka in this season’s performances of Strauss’s Arabella, replacing Genia Kühmeier, who has withdrawn for personal reasons.”

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“Help me! Help me!”

Over at the Met they’re dropping like, well, you know. Per the press office: “Marco Armiliato will conduct Puccini’s La Bohème on January 31, February 3, 7, 10, 17, 22, and 25, replacing Roberto Rizzi Brignoli, who has withdrawn for personal reasons.” There’s more!

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Gross misconduct?

Says the Met press office: “Alfred Kim will make his Met debut as Manrico in three fall performances of Il Trovatore, replacing Marcelo Álvarez, who has withdrawn from the November 11, 15, and 19 performances for personal reasons.”

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