Dessay Withdraws from Met Hamlet; Petersen On Deck

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Natalie Dessay has withdrawn from the Met's new production of Ambroise Thomas's Hamlet due to illness. Marlis Petersen will sing the role of Oph_lie at the first six performances, including the March 27 Live in HD broadcast.


Petersen, who sang the role in D‹sseldorf in 2006, was already scheduled to sing the role at the Met on April 9. However, she will now sing instead on March 16 (premiere), 20, 24, 27 matinee, 30 and April 2. The role of Oph_lie is now "TBA" for the final two performances of the run on April 5 and 9.

Petersen also sings the title role in Berg's Lulu this season at the Met on May 8 matinee, 12, and 15 matinee. The German soprano made her company debut as Adele in Die Fledermaus in 2005. She recently created the title role in the world premiere of Aribert Reimann's Medea at the Vienna State Opera, a performance that brought her enormous acclaim.

Hamlet, conducted by Louis Langr_e, also stars Simon Keenlyside in the title role, with Jennifer Larmore as Gertrude, Toby Spence as LaêŠrte, and James Morris as Claudius. The production marks the Met debuts of directors Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser.

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