Vaness was to sing the famously demanding title role of Ariane. Mezzo-soprano Renate Behle, who has sung the role at Hamburg State Opera and in concert with the American Symphony Orchestra, will replace her.
According to a statement from NYCO, Vaness's doctors "have advised her that she needs intensive physical therapy to recover fully."
The production opens on October 6 and runs through October 22. Paul Emile-Fourny is the director; Leon Botstein, the music director of the American Symphony, conducts in his NYCO debut. The cast includes Ursala Ferri as La Nourrice (the Nurse) and Ethan Herschenfeld as Barbe-Bleue (Bluebeard).
The rarely heard Ariane et Barbe-bleue premiered in Paris in 1907 and in New York in 1911. The libretto is by the Belgian playwright Maurice Maeterlinck, based on Charles Perrault's retelling of the Bluebeard tale.