Felicity Palmer Is Latest to Withdraw From Cleveland Falstaff

Classic Arts News   Felicity Palmer Is Latest to Withdraw From Cleveland Falstaff
Mezzo-soprano Felicity Palmer, who was scheduled to sing Mistress Quickly in the Cleveland Orchestra's semi-staged production of Verdi's Falstaff tonight, has withdrawn "on the advice of her doctor," the orchestra announced. The American mezzo Jane Henschel will replace her.

The production, which repeats on June 11, has lost a series of singers to illness, scheduling issues, and other problems. Thomas Quasthoff, who was to sing the title role, withdrew in February; more recently, his replacement, Renato Brunson, dropped out and was replaced by Richard Sutliff. Simon Keenlyside, who was scheduled to appear as Mr. Ford, was replaced by Vladimir Chernov.

Those remaining from the originally announced cast include Twyla Robinson as Alice Ford, Cincia Forte as Nannetta, Cataldo Caputo as Fenton, and Kelley O'Connor as Meg Page. Music director Franz Welser-M‹st will conduct; Andreas Zimmermann is the stage director.

The performances, which close the Cleveland Orchestra's Severance Hall season, are the orchestra's first ever of Falstaff.

Henschel has sung Mistress Quickly at the Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, and Los Angeles Opera. Her other roles include Amme in Die Frau ohne Schetten and Fricka, Waltraute, and Erda in Wagner's Ring; she recently sang the latter role in Covent Garden's new production.

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