Breaking News: Sophie Koch Cancels ‘Carmen’ At Metropolitan Opera As Clémentine Margaine Takes on Entire Run in Debut

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Clémentine Margaine will make her Metropolitan Opera debut on Jan. 19, 2017, a full two weeks earlier than previously expected.

The Mezzo soprano, who is playing “Carmen,” will replace Sophie Koch who dropped out of all her performances due to illness, according to the Met’s press department and as originally reported by Parterre.

Margaine was originally scheduled to make her debut on Feb. 3, but will now get an additional four performances in a role that she has sung around the world. Since 2013, she has taken on the opera in Berlin, Dallas, Rome, Munich, Washington, Canada, Naples, Sydney and will explore it further in Paris and Dresden after her run at the Met comes to an end.

The soprano has earned rave reviews for her portrayal. DC Theatre Scene, in reviewing her turn of the role at the Washington National Opera, wrote that she “doesn’t just ‘play’ Carmen, but rightfully judging from her creds in this role in multiple productions, she owns it. She’s beautiful, sensual, and so comfortable in her expressive body, you believe she lives and breathes as the powerful and voluptuous gypsy woman.”

Koch was supposed to make her very first appearance in a role of the famed gypsy alongside Marcelo Alvarez, but now that tasks falls fully to Margaine.

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