Ekaterina Semenchuk Replaces Elīna Garanča in Paris Opera’s ‘Les Troyens’

By David Salazar

Mezzo soprano Elīna Garanča will not be participating in the Opéra de Paris’ upcoming production of “Les Troyens.”

The company made the announcement via Twitter noting that the Latvian artist had withdrawn due to health reasons. In her stead, the role of Didon will be performed by Russian mezzo Ekaterina Semenchuk, who was previously scheduled to appear in “Rusalka.” Per the notice, she has withdrawn from that production and will be replaced by Michelle DeYoung.

This was supposed to be Garanča’s role debut in the Berlioz opera. Next up for her will be a production of “Cavalleria Rusticana” at the Vienna State Opera as well as performances in Baden Baden and Buenos Aires.

Meanwhile, Semenchuk is slated to take on the roles of Marfa in “Khovanschina” in Milan, followed by performances of “Macbeth” and “Il Trovatore” in Germany and Spain.

DeYoung’s upcoming performances include “Bluebeard’s Castle” in Amsterdam.