Friday, March 02, 2018

Metropolitan Opera Cast Change: A Voice from the Past and a Mystery Solved

Received today:
Elizabeth Caballero will perform the role of Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème for tonight’s performance, March 2 at 8:00 p.m., replacing Sonya Yoncheva who is ill. Cuban American soprano Elizabeth Caballero made her Met debut in 2009 as Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen. Other engagements include Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Seattle Opera, Cio-Cio-San in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at Staatsoper Berlin, and Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata with Madison Opera. Tonight’s performance of La Bohème is conducted by Marco Armiliato and includes Michael Fabiano as Rodolfo, Susanna Phillips as Musetta, Lucas Meachem as Marcello, Alexey Lavrov as Schaunard, Matthew Rose as Colline, and Paul Plishka as Benoit/Alcindoro.
Elizabeth Caballero was an Adler Fellow (SFO young singer program) who dropped out of the program. She has a spectacular voice and was a huge audience favorite at a Merola Finale and an Adler program I saw some years ago. I'm sure she'll be excellent; I might go if I didn't have another commitment this evening.

Mystery solved: Paul Plishka, age 77, and Placido Domingo, age 76, clearly have a private bet going on who can stay on stage longest.

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