Elīna Garanča has withdrawn from her 2013-14 Met engagements

August 8, 2013

Casting News Update

Elīna Garanča has withdrawn from her 2013-14 Met engagements because she is pregnant with her second child, who is due this winter. Garanča was originally scheduled to sing Octavian in three performances of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier and Charlotte in a new production of Massenet’s Werther. Two star mezzo-sopranos will replace her in these performances: Alice Coote in Der Rosenkavalier and Sophie Koch, making her Met debut, in Werther.

Coote will make her Met role debut as Octavian in this season’s performances. She has previously sung the role with numerous other companies, including Los Angeles Opera, Geneva Opera, and Deutsche Oper Berlin. Her previous Met performances include Sesto in last season’s new production premiere of Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Hansel in the new production premiere of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. This October at the Met, she will sing the role of Anne Strawson in the North American premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.

French mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch will make her Met debut as Charlotte in all performances of the new staging of Werther, directed by Richard Eyre and conducted by Alain Altinoglu. She sang Charlotte opposite the Werther of her Met co-star, Jonas Kaufmann, at the Paris Opera in 2010 and at the Vienna State Opera in 2011. She has also sung the role at the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and, last season, with Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Coote will sing Octavian on November 22, 25, and 30 matinee. As previously announced, Daniela Sindram will sing Octavian on December 3, 7, and 10, and Géraldine Chauvet will sing Octavian on December 13. Der Rosenkavalier, conducted by Edward Gardner, also stars Martina Serafin as the Marschallin, Mojca Erdmann and Erin Morley as Sophie, Eric Cutler and Mario Chang as the Italian Singer, Hans-Joachim Ketelsen as Faninal, and Peter Rose as Baron Ochs.

Richard Eyre’s new production of Werther premieres on February 18, with further performances on February 22 matinee, 25, 28, and March 3, 7, 11, and 15 matinee. Jonas Kaufmann sings the title role, with Lisette Oropesa as Sophie, David Bižić in his Met debut as Albert, and Jonathan Summers as Le Bailli. The March 15 performance will be transmitted live to movie theaters around the world as part of the Met’s Live in HD series.