Friday, January 29, 2010

Graves out, Chávez in as NJ Carmen

Mezzo Denyce Graves [L.] has been forced by illness to withdraw from scheduled performances of Carmen with Opera New Jersey.

"I arrived in New Jersey on the tail end of a bronchial virus and rehearsed with my colleagues in anticipation of a wonderful run of performances," she said in a statement released by the orchestra. "Frustratingly, the bronchial virus got worse over the past week and my physicians have recommended that I come out of the production in order for my body to recover completely."

Replacing Graves will be mezzo-soprano Kirstin Chávez [R.], who was dubbed by Opera News magazine as “the Carmen of a lifetime”.

Apparently, there may have been requests for refunds - New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Gus Gomide says the producers will not offer refunds of previously purchased tickets as "every performance is always subject to change," he said.

Performances of Carmen with Opera New Jersey / New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will be Feb. 5 at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton; Feb. 7 at the State Theatre in New Brunswick; Feb. 12 at NJPAC; and Feb. 14 at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore.

Joseph Rescigno conducts this Carmen at three New Jersey locations. Joining Chávez onstage will be Richard Leech as Don José, Luis Ledesma as Escamillo and Caitlin Lynch as Micaëla.

For more information, check out the NJ Symphony website.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Since this company is known to house people and rehearse in an "assisted living facility" -- I'm HARDLY surprised that she canceled when she learned of this. Same thing happened last year with their Fledermaus and Ruth Ann Swenson who also "suddenly" became ill.

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