Kristine Opolais Steps Into Cast of Royal Opera House’s Live Concert

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Tatyana Vlasova)

The Royal Opera House has announced the casting for its live concert on September 4, 2020. Due to travel restrictions, soprano Sonya Yoncheva had to withdraw from the performance with soprano Kristine Opolais performing in her stead.

Opolais is set to perform “The Song to the Moon” from Dvorak’s “Rusalka.” She will also appear in the final performance of the evening alongside Gerald Finley, Filipe Manu, and Jeremy White as they take on the Act one duet and “Te Deum” from “Tosca.”

The evening will begin with the Overture from Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro.” Vito Priante will kick off the rest of the program with “Largo al factotum” from Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia.” Lisette Oropesa and Charles Castronovo will present the duet “Caro Elisir” from Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore.”

The next performance will feature Aigul Akhmetshina in “Non più mesta” from Rossini’s “La Cenerentola.” Lisette Oropesa and Manu will then appear in the final scene from Bellini’s “La Sonnambula.”

Charles Castronovo will sing “Forse la soglia attinse” from Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera,” which will be followed by the performance of “Credo in un Dio crudel” from Verdi’s “Otello,” spotlighting Finley.

Priante will then perform “Scintille, diamant” from “Les Contes d’Hoffmann.”

The evening will be rounded out by Recitative and Gavotte from Massenet’s “Manon” featuring Oropesa, which will be followed with the Final Act of Bizet’s “Carmen,” starring Akhmetshina, Castronovo, and Priante.