Diva of the Week!
by Christie Connolley
Using Diva in the very best sense of the word, Operagasm declares Julie Makerov the Diva of the Week!
According to the LA Times: At 7:18 pm, Portuguese soprano Elisabete Matos — wearing her costume and makeup for her Los Angeles debut – had to step down from the lead role of Senta. Matos was suffering from mild chest congestion likely due to the onset of a chest cold, said an L.A. Opera spokesperson.
With just a few minutes notice, L.A. native Julie Makerov, Matos’ understudy, stepped in.
Makerov had played Senta with Toronto’s Canadian Opera Company in 2010; she’d been to all “Dutchman” rehearsals at the Music Center over the past four weeks.
Though she knew the score, she had never done a walk-through on the Chandler stage.
“I’m obviously familiar with the role and I love it,” she said backstage. “But that feeling [of exhilaration and shock] lasted all the way until act two!”
It takes a true diva to step in and own it with just moments to prepare! Brava!