Les Contes d’Hoffmann Cast Change

August 5, 2014

Casting Update News
Erin Morley will sing Olympia and Christine Rice will sing Giulietta in the first six performances of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Met this season, replacing Hibla Gerzmava, who has retired the roles from her repertory. As scheduled, Gerzmava will sing Antonia and Stella in these performances, which are January 12, 16, 22, 27, 31 matinee, and February 5.

American soprano Erin Morley is a graduate of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. She has sung ten roles with the company, including Sophie in last season’s revival of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier; Constance in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites; Woglinde and the Forest Bird in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen; Madame Podtochina’s daughter in the Met premiere of Shostakovich’s The Nose; Echo in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos; and the Dew Fairy in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.

English mezzo-soprano Christine Rice is scheduled to make her Met debut in December as Hansel in the Met’s holiday presentation of Hansel and Gretel. She made her first appearance with the company in a 2011 MET Orchestra concert at Carnegie Hall, singing the world premiere of John Harbison and Alice Munro’s Closer To My Own Life. She has previously sung Giulietta with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, where her other roles have included the title character in Bizet’s Carmen, Eboli in Verdi’s Don Carlo, and Ariadne in Harrison Birtwistle’s The Minotaur. In 2012, she sang Nicklausse in a new production of The Tales of Hoffmann at English National Opera.

Yves Abel conducts the initial performances of Les Contes d’Hoffmann this season, with a cast that also includes Vittorio Grigolo in the title role, Kate Lindsey as Nicklausse, and Thomas Hampson as the Four Villains. The January 31 matinee, with this cast, will be transmitted worldwide as part of the Met’s Live in HD series, which now reaches more than 2,000 movie theaters in 67 countries around the world.

Met Music Director James Levine conducts additional performances of Les Contes d’Hoffmann on February 28, March 5, 11, 14, 18, and 21, with Matthew Polenzani in the title role, Audrey Luna as Olympia, Susanna Phillips as Antonia, Elena Maximova as Giulietta, Karine Deshayes and Jennifer Johnson Cano as Nicklausse, and Laurent Naouri as the Four Villains.