Soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian Withdraws from This Week's Met Marriage of Figaro

Classic Arts News   Soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian Withdraws from This Week's Met Marriage of Figaro
 
Canadian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, who was to play Susanna in the Metropolitan Opera revival of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro opening tomorrow evening, has withdrawn from the production. She is now in her last weeks of pregnancy.

Filling in for the run's first five performances (through October 18) will be Lisette Oropesa, a member of the Met's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and a winner of the 2005 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. For the final seven performances, November 10 through December 1, Ekaterina Siurina will sing Susanna as previously scheduled.

Bayrakdarian is the second soprano to pull out of this Figaro. Last month Dorothea R‹schmann cancelled all of her engagements for the next three months, including her appearances as Countess Almaviva; replacing her is longtime Met stawart Hei-Kyung Hong.

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