Soprano Susan Gritton Drops Out of Philadelphia Orchestra Messiah

Classic Arts News   Soprano Susan Gritton Drops Out of Philadelphia Orchestra Messiah
 
Soprano Susan Gritton has withdrawn from the Philadelphia Orchestra's performances of Handel's Messiah next month. She will be replaced by soprano Celena Shafer, making her debut with the orchestra.

Gritton canceled for unspecified personal reasons, according to a statement issued by the orchestra.

The performances, on December 12 and 13, will be led by Nicholas McGegan, and will also feature mezzo-soprano Marietta Simpson, tenor John Tessier, bass Philip Cutlip, and the Philadelphia Singers Chorale.

Shafer made her debut with Cincinnati Opera this summer, and also sang with Santa Fe Opera. She is also scheduled to appear in Messiah with the New York Philharmonic starting December 15.


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