R‹schmann Steps in as Donna Elvira for Met's December Giovanni

Classic Arts Features   R‹schmann Steps in as Donna Elvira for Met's December Giovanni
Dorothea R‹schmann will sing Donna Elvira in the Met's winter run of Don Giovanni, beginning Dec. 1. She replaces Petra-Maria Schitzer, who has withdrawn.

The German soprano has performed with the Met on three occasions, all of them in other Mozart works. She made her company debut in 2003 as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. The next year she sang Pamina in Julie Taymor's staging of Die Zauberfl‹te. Most recently she was Ilia in the 2006 Idomeneo.

R‹schmann - who has trained under under Vera Rozsa in London - enjoyed an early career as a Lieder and concert singer, beginning in the mid 1980s. She is a former ensemble member of the Berlin State Opera, where her notable performances include Micaela in Carmen, both Zerlina and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in CosÐ fan tutte and êÊnnchen in Der Freisch‹tz. She may be seen in the 2003 Covent Garden production of Die Zauberflote (with Diana Damrau) and the 2006 Salzburg Figaro (with Anna Netrebko)- both are available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Having opened the Met's 3-part Giovanni run in October, Erwin Schrott returns in the title role. Also appearing in the winter performances are Tamar Iveri as Donna Anna, Isabel Leonard as Zerlina, Matthew Polenzani as Don Ottavio (Mark Thomsen sings the role Dec. 1), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo as Leporello, Joshua Bloom as Masetto and Kwangchul Youn as The Commendatore. Lothar Koenigs conducts.

Don Giovanni performs December 1, 5, 9, 13, and 19 this winter. It will return in April with a new set of leads, including Peter Mattei, Samuel Ramey and Isabel Bayrakdarian.

Visit www.metopera.org for more information.

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