Met Opera Taps Sondra Radvanovsky to Replace Anna Netrebko in Norma Slated to Open 2017-18 Season
From Development server
3 May 2016

Met Opera Taps Sondra Radvanovsky to Replace Anna Netrebko in Norma Slated to Open 2017-18 Season

News Radvanovsky Norma 516 
Sondra Radvanovsky as Norma in the Met's current production. The soprano will sing the title role in a new production of Bellini's opera on opening night of the 2017-18 season.
Photo: Marty Sohl/The Metropolitan Opera

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA announced today that it has tapped soprano Sondra Radvanovsky to replace Anna Netrebko in the 2017-18-season-opening production of Norma after the Russian soprano announced last month that she had made the decision not to add Bellini's heroine to her repertoire for the foreseeable future.

Today's announcement by the Met details a series of remarkable efforts by the New York company and three other companies to shuffle the scheduled commitments of three star sopranos in the wake of Netrebko's announcement and the resultant need to fill a significant vacancy within the Met's 2017-18 season. The rearrangements will affect the schedules of Netrebko, Radvanovsky, and sopranos Sonya Yoncheva and Ailyn Pérez, and their slated appearances at the Met, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera and Dallas Opera

Radvanovsky will now open the Met's 2017-18 season on September 25, 2017, in David McVicar new production of Norma, which will also feature Joyce DiDonato's Adalgisa and and Joseph Calleja as Pollione. Radvanovsky will also make a role debut later that season as Lenora in La Forza del Destino when the Met presents Calixto Bieito’s staging of Verdi’s opera. 

The Met was able to secure Radvanovsky's performance as Norma by persuading the Vienna State Opera to release her from performances of Il Trovatore scheduled for Fall 2017. In turn, the Met ostensibly released Netrebko from her contracted performances of Norma, and the Russian soprano will now sing the role of Leonora in those Vienna Trovatore performances as a replacement for Radvanovsky. Netrebko will still appear at the Met during the 2017-18 season, though, when she will sing Leonora in a revival of McVicar's production of Trovatore—which the Met acknowledged that it had now added to that season—in addition to taking on the title role in performances of Tosca. 

The Met also announced that it has allowed soprano Sonya Yoncheva to withdraw from five performances of La Bohème in September 2017 so that she can make her role debut as Norma at Covent Garden as a replacement for Netrebko. Yoncheva will sing the role under the baton of Royal Opera music director Antonio Pappano in a new production of Bellini's opera directed by Àlex Ollé of Spanish theater troupe Fura del Baus. The Met has likewise arranged for Ailyn Pérez, who recently sang the role of Musetta in the company's Bohème performances, to replace Yoncheva in the role of Mimì in New York. Perez had been scheduled to make her debut as Puccini's heroine at the Met later in the 2016-17 season; she will now sing Mimì on September 28; October 1, 6, 10, and 14, in addition to the previously announced dates in January. Pérez is available for the performances of Bohème as she previously made the decision to postpone her role debut as Tatiana in Dallas Opera's performances of Eugene Onegin, which are scheduled  for this fall. 

Radvanovsky has sung more than 200 performances of twenty-seven roles at the Met. Earlier this season she became the first soprano to start in all three leading roles of Donizetti's "Tudor trilogy" at the Met, performing the title roles in Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and as Queen Elizabeth I in the company's premiere of Roberto Devereux. She has performed the title role in Norma to much acclaim at the Met, San Francisco Opera, the Bavarian State Opera, and Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu. Next season, she will sing Norma at both the Canadian Opera Company and Lyric Opera of Chicago. spacer 

Send breaking news to our Web Editor.

Send feedback to OPERA NEWS . 

Follow OPERA NEWS on FacebookTwitter Button