Eva-Maria Westbroek has canceled her four performances for the Metropolitan Opera’s revival of “Cavalleria Rusticana.”
The Met announced that the soprano canceled due to illness. As a result, Ekaterina Semenchuk who opened the revival on Monday will takeover.
OperaWire praised Semenchuck’s opening night performance stating, “Ekaterina Semenchuck is one of the few dramatic mezzos today that can perform this role to such perfection. Her technique is unmatched and her timbre has the weight to carry across the orchestra.”
The mezzo-soprano is coming off a run of Verdi’s Requiem at the Met and is next slated to sing Amneris in “Aida” in Madrid and Azucena in “Il Trovatore” in Paris.
Westbroek is scheduled to return to the stage in March for Santuzza at La Monnaie followed by performances of “Lady Macbeth Of Mtsenk.”
”Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci” runs through Feb. 1 and also stars Roberto Alagna, Aleksandra Kurzak and George Gagnidze. Nicola Luisotti conducts.