The Royal Opera has announced the withdrawal of Italian mezzo-soprano Sonia Ganassi from the role of Princess Eboli in Don Carlo, opening in the next season at Covent Garden on 15 September 2009.
Ganassi decided to cancel her engagement due to her pregnancy. The role will be now interpreted by American mezzo-soprano Marianne Cornetti.
Taking up the role of Princess Eboli, Marianne Cornetti makes her debut on the Royal Opera stage. She is familiar to this opera, as she has already interpreted the same character in Tokyo and for the Vienna State Opera.
The American mezzo is a renowned interpreter of Verdian roles. Among her noteworthy performances there are Amneris (Aida) at the Arena di Verona and in Barcelona, Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera) in Amsterdam, Preziosilla (La forza del destino) in Brussels. Moreover, she took up the role of Ortrud in Lohengrin in Palermo, and her future plans include her debut at Hamburg State Opera as Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana) and her return to the Metropolitan Opera, New York as Azucena (Il trovatore).
Running from 15 September to 1 October for six performances, this forthcoming revival of Nicholas Hytner's production of Don Carlo features an outstanding line-up starring Jonas Kaufmann in the title role. Marina Poplavskaya returns as Elisabeth of Valois, Simon Keenlyside as Rodrigo, and Ferruccio Furlanetto as Philip II. Robert Lloyd joins the cast as Carlos V, John Tomlinson as Grand Inquisitor and Pumeza Matshikiza as Tebaldo. Semyon Bychkov will conduct all performances.
For further information visit the Royal Opera's website
Photo: Don Carlo at the Royal Opera (2007-08 season). Credits: Catherine Ashmore.
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