Natalie Dessay Cancels Carnegie Hall Concert with MET Orchestra; Michelle DeYoung Will Substitute

Classic Arts News   Natalie Dessay Cancels Carnegie Hall Concert with MET Orchestra; Michelle DeYoung Will Substitute
 
Coloratura soprano superstar Natalie Dessay, suffering from bronchitis, has withdrawn from her scheduled appearance at Carnegie Hall this Sunday (May 20) with James Levine and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Stepping in for Dessay will be mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, a Met stalwart who has performed there as Dido in Berlioz's Les Troyens, Venus in Tannh‹user, Fricka in Das Rheingold and the Shaman in the world premiere production of Tan Dun's The First Emperor. Earlier this season, at Carnegie's Zankel Hall, DeYoung, Levine and the MET Chamber Ensemble gave the first performances of Elliott Carter's In the Distances of Sleep.

The program has changed: replacing the Strauss Brentano Songs and coloratura arias by Mozart, Massenet and Thomas (chosen for Dessay) are the "Song of the Wood Dove" from Schoenberg's Gurrelieder and Berlioz's cantata La Mort de Cl_opê¢tre. The rest of the program remains as previously announced: Strauss's Der B‹rger als Edelmann Suite, the overture to Thomas's opera Mignon and Ravel's Daphnis et Chlo_ Suite No. 2.

The concert begins at 3 p.m. in the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. More information is available at www.carnegiehall.org.

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