Robert Alagna Cancels Final ‘Carmen’ Performances

By Francisco Salazar

Roberto Alagna has canceled all performances of “Carmen’ at the Opera de Paris.

The tenor wrote via social media, “Dear friends, despite 10 days of treatment, time is too short to correctly recover from a severe bronchitis. With all my regrets for those who were awaiting me in this role at the Opéra National de Paris, I have to withdraw. I wish the best to my colleagues. I thank you for all your support and look forward to singing for you soon, next in London as ‘Andrea Chenier.'”

As a result, Jean‑François Borras will take over all performances of “Carmen.” In a review of opening night OperaWire stated, “Borras is a very intelligent singer, he uses lyrical beauty without pushing or trying to sound louder.

“Carmen” stars Anita Rachvelishvili and Ksenia Dudnikova sharing the title role as well as Roberto Tagliavini; Nicole Car and Anett Fritsch share the role of Micaëla.

The opera runs through May 23, 2019.