Opera soprano Sheri Greenawald will replace Audra McDonald in the Los Angeles Philharmonic performances of Seven Deadly Sins Nov. 30 Dec. 3 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion. Three-time Tony winner McDonald cancelled the dates after being advised to “postpone all activities due to complications in her six-month pregnancy,” according a Philharmonic press release (Nov. 6).
Greenawald has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera and Washington Opera. Her credits include La Boheme, La Rondine, La Traviata, the world premiere of Florencia en el Amazonas at Houston Grand Opera and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus at the Gala Millenium Concert with the St. Louis Symphony.
Seven Deadly Sins is a part of the L.A. Philharmonic's Celebrate Kurt Weill! series, in honor of the composer's 100th birthday. Cataloguing the seven deadly sins (sloth, pride, gluttony, lust, greed and envy), this theatrical piece follows the journey of two immigrant sisters, both named Anna, as they travel through seven vice-ridden cities to earn enough money to buy a family home in Louisiana.
The Philharmonic will also perform Shubert's Ninth Symphony, "The Great C-Major."
Hudson Shad, the singers who portrayed the Comedian Harmonists in Broadway's failed The Band in Berlin, will do a free pre-concert talk one hour before the performance. The Shad have a strong Weill background - they've performed Seven Deadly Sins with Marianne Faithfull and Julia Migenes, Mahagonny Songspielwith the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in 1996 and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagoony at the Salzburger Festpiele in 1998. Tickets to the concert are $70-$10. For reservations, call (213) 365 3500 or online at http://www.laphil.org.