Charles Castronovo & Ekaterina Siurina Team Up For ‘La Bohème’ At The Royal OperaBy Francisco Salazar
American tenor Charles Castronovo and Russian soprano Ekaterina Siurina are set to appear together in three performances of Richard Jones’s production of Puccini’s “La Bohème” this January at the Royal Opera House.
The pair return to The Royal Opera for the second revival of the production following a last-minute appearance as Mimì and Rodolfo during the 2017-18 season.
Charles Castronovo famously saved a performance of the opera in July 2018 when he stepped in mid-show to sing the role of Rodolfo, after Brazilian tenor Atalla Ayan developed vocal difficulties during Act two. During the interval, Castronovo volunteered to replace Ayan for the final two acts of the performance. Castronovo sang at the role at the side of the stage, while Ayan walked the role on stage. Siurina played Mimì during that run of performances.
In a statement Siurina said, “It was a great pleasure to sing alongside my husband at the Royal Opera House in 2018. Charles was in the audience that evening, and we were incredibly grateful he agreed to quickly step in and sing the second half of the performance from the side of the stage. I can’t wait to share the stage with him this January.”
Meanwhile Castronovo noted, “I am so pleased I was able to step in to cover Atalla Ayan as Rodolfo last season. This time, I look forward to rehearsing and sharing the stage with my talented wife, singing Rodolfo alongside her Mimì in ‘La bohème.’”
The two recently also appeared in a historic performance of “La Traviata” in Vienna where Siurina saved the performance after the originally scheduled soprano called in sick 10 minutes before curtain.
“La Bohème” opened at the Royal Opera House on Jan. 10, 2020 and Castronovo and Siurina are set to perform together as Rodolfo and Mimì on Jan. 31 and Feb. 3 and 5 , 2020.