29 November 2013

Jane Archibald to Replace Christine Schäfer as Adele in Met's New Fledermaus 

The Metropolitan Opera announced today that Canadian soprano Jane Archibald has been tapped to sing the role of the Adele in all fourteen of this season's performances of the company's new production of Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus, which opens on New Year's Eve. 

Archibald replaces soprano Christine Schäfer, who was originally scheduled to sing the first six of fourteen performances of Strauss's operetta. Schäfer is ill and unable to travel to the Met for rehearsals.

Archibald made her Met debut in 2010 singing the role of Ophèlie in performances of Ambroise Thomas' Hamlet. This season, she also takes on the role of Zerbinetta in Royal Opera and Bavarian State Opera performances of Ariadne auf Naxos, as well as performances as Olympia in Zurich Opera's staging of Contes d'Hoffmann.  

The Met's new English-language Fledermaus, which sets Strauss's operetta in fin de siècle Vienna, will be directed by Jeremy Sams and will feature lyrics by Sams with dialogue penned by Tony Award-nominated playwrigh tDouglas Carter Beane in his Met debut. Adam Fischer conducts performances that will feature Susanna Phillips as Rosalinde, Michael Fabiano as Alfred, Christopher Maltman as Eistenstein, Paulo Szot as Dr. Falke, Anthony Roth Costanzo as Orlofsky and Danny Burstein, who makes his Met debut as the jailer Frosch. 

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