12. August 2009 · Comments Off on Shhhh … It’s Personal · Categories: News, Opera

Gheorghiu withdraws from start of new Met ‘Carmen’

NEW YORK — Soprano Angela Gheorghiu has pulled out of the first six performances of the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Bizet’s “Carmen,” which opens New Year’s Eve.

The Richard Eyre staging was designed around Gheorghiu, making an unusual foray into a role written for mezzo-sopranos, and her husband, tenor Roberto Alagna.

Gheorghiu withdrew for “personal reasons” from performances through Jan. 21, including the Jan. 16 matinee set for simulcast to theaters around the world, but will sing Carmen on April 28 and May 1, the Met said.

I read it here.

I can’t imagine the Met is thrilled about this.

(I’m rather surprised that Opera Chic hasn’t posted this, or the other news I posted. Or maybe I missed her posts. I wonder!

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