31 March 2017
Soprano Patricia Racette Withdraws From Upcoming Metropolitan Opera Performances of Alfano's Cyrano; Jennifer Rowley to Sing Role of Roxanne
Racette Also Forced to Cancel Metropolitan Opera Guild Singers' Studio Masterclass and Conversation on April 23
SOPRANO PATRICIA RACETTE has withdrawn from the Metropolitan Opera's upcoming performances of Alfano's Cyrano de Bergerac owing to an abdominal hernia, the Met announced today.
Replacing Racette in the role of Roxanne for all performances will be soprano Jennifer Rowley, who made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Musetta in 2014. Rowley recently sang the title role in performances of Tosca at New Orleans Opera at Dresden's Sächsische Staatsoper; she has also performed the role of Leonora in Il Trovatore with Théâtre de Caen, Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Opéra de Lille. Later this season she will take on the title role in Toledo Opera's performances of Barber's Vanessa.
The Met's revival of Cyrano de Bergerac opens May 2, with additional performances scheduled for May 6, May 10 and May 13. The performances will be conducted by Marco Armiliato, and will feature Roberto Alagna in the title role; Atalla Ayan will sing the role of Christian and Juan Jesús Rodríguez will sing de Guiche.
Ms. Racette has also withdrawn from the Metropolitan Opera Guild's Singers' Studio masterclass and conversation that had been scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 23 in the Bruno Walter Auditorium.
More information can be found at The Metropolitan Opera.