Elina Garanca Withdraws From Met Opera Performances
by Allan Kozinn (via The New York Times) - The mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca has withdrawn from the performances she was scheduled to sing at the Metropolitan Opera during the 2013-14 season because she is pregnant. The child, Ms. Garanca’s second, is due in December.
Mr. Garanca was to have sung Octavian in three performances of Richard Strauss’s “Rosenkavalier,” in November, and Charlotte in Richard Eyre’s new production of Massenet’s “Werther,” which opens on Feb. 18.
Alice Coote will take over Ms. Garanca’s performances as Octavian on Nov. 22, 25 and 30. Two other singers were already scheduled for the rest of the run: Daniela Sindram on Dec. 3, 7 and 10; and Géraldine Chauvet on Dec. 13.
Sophie Koch, a French mezzo-soprano, will make her Met debut as Charlotte, and will sing all the performances in the run, the last of which, on March 15, will be transmitted live to movie theaters as part of the Met’s “Live in HD” series.