Clémentine Margaine Withdraws From Royal Opera’s ‘Carmen’

By Francisco Salazar

Clémentine Margaine has withdrawn from singing the title role of Bizet’s “Carmen” this summer.

The Royal Opera Housee announced that the French mezzo-soprano would be replaced by two up-and-coming mezzos Anaïk Morel and Jette Parker Young Artist Aigul Akhmetshina.

Morel will make her Royal Opera House debut and will perform on June 22, 24, 26 and 28 and July 10, 13, 16 and 20 July, while Akhmetshina will perform on July 2 and 5.

Morel has performed at the Opernhaus Zurich, Opéra national du Rhin, Klagenfurt, Stuttgart Opera and Opéra de Montpellier, while Akhmetshina has been a Jette Parker Young Artists at the Royal Opera House performing in numerous productions such as “La Tragédie de Carmen,” “Carmen,” “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk,” “La traviata” and “La Forza del Destino.”

The two join a cast that includes Bryan Hymel, Luca Pisaroni, and Ailyn Perez and Kristina Mkhitaryan sharing the role of Michaëla. Julia Jones and Chrsitopher Willis conduct the production by Barrie Kosky.