Mirella Freni Drops Out of Washington National Opera's 'Trilogy' Concerts

Classic Arts News   Mirella Freni Drops Out of Washington National Opera's 'Trilogy' Concerts
Soprano Mirella Freni has withdrawn from Washington National Opera's "Trilogy: Domingo and Guests in Three Acts," a program of opera excerpts celebrating the company's 50th anniversary.

Freni was to sing the title role in Act II of Giordano's Fedora, with Plšcido Domingo, WNO's general director, as Loris.

According to the company, Freni has withdrawn because of scheduling difficulties exacerbated when WNO added a sixth performance of the event, which runs from September 24 to October 9. Sylvie Valayre, a French soprano who has sung Salome and Tosca in Washington, will replace her.

The program also includes Act IV of Verdi's Otello, with Barbara Frittoli as Desdemona, Domingo as Otello, and John Marcus Bindel as Iago, and Act III of Lehšr's The Merry Widow, with Broadway star Christiane Noll as Valencienne, Domingo as Danilo, and Leslie Mutchler as Hannah.

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