8 August 2013
Mezzo Elīna Garanča, Pregnant With Second Child, Withdraws from 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Engagements
The Metropolitan Opera announced today that Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča has withdrawn from her 2013-14 engagements with the company because she is pregnant with her second child, who is due this winter.
Garanča, who was slated to sing Octavian in three performances of Der Rosenkavalier in addition to Charlotte in the Met's new production of Werther, will be replaced by Alice Coote and Sophie Koch in those respective roles.
Coote, who last season sang Sesto in Met performances of David McVicar's production of Giulio Cesare, will make her Met role-debut as Octavian with performances on November 22, 25 and 30. In October, Coote will sing the role of Anne Strawson in the Met's presentation of the North American premiere of Nico Muhly's Two Boys. Coote's previous Met credits include Hansel in the company's Hansel and Gretel, Cherubino in Nozze di Figaro and Sesto in the company's previous, John Copley production of Giulio Cesare.
In February, French mezzo Sophie Koch will make her Met debut as Charlotte in Richard Eyre's new production of Werther. The performances will feature Jonas Kaufmann in the title role and will be conducted by Alain Altinoglu. In 2010, Koch sang Charlotte opposite Kaufmann's Werther at the Paris Opera, and repeated the role opposite Kaufmann at the Vienna Staatsoper in 2011; she has also performed the role at Madrid's Teatro Real, the Royal Opera and, last season, with the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Richard Eyre's new Werther premieres on February 18, with subsequent performances scheduled for February 22, 25, 28, and March 3, 7, 11 and 15. Joining Koch and Kaufmann will be Lisette Oropesa as Sophie, David Bižić in his Met debut as Albert and Jonathan Summers as Le Bailli. The March 15 performance of Werther will be broadcast live to movie theaters as part of the Met's Live in HD initiative.
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