Semperoper Dresden Announces Two Cast Changes For Final ‘La Bohème’

By Nicole Kuchta

Semperoper Dresden has announced two cast changes for its final performance of Puccini’s “La Bohème” on July 12, 2019.

Israeli soprano Hila Baggio will sing Musetta and Belarussian tenor Pavel Valuzhin will sing Rodolfo, replacing Iulia Maria Dan and Yosep Kang, respectively.

Baggio made her company debut when she replaced Dan, who is ill, on July 7.

She has performed a plethora of roles with the Israeli Opera, including Musetta, the title role of “Lucia di Lammermoor,” Susanna in “Le Nozze di Figaro,” Gilda in “Rigoletto,” Marie in “La Fille du Régiment,” and Pamina in “Die Zauberflöte,” to name just a few. She has also appeared on the stages of Opéra de Rennes, Opera National de Lorraine, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Bergen National Opera, and Landestheater Mecklenburg. The soprano will return to Dresden for Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre” in November.

Valuzhin made his Rodolfo debut at the Bolshoi Theatre, where he also sung the Duke of Mantua in “Rigoletto,” Lykov in “The Tsar’s Bride,” and Kai in “The Story of Kai and Gerda.” Earlier this season he sung Rodolfo at Staatstheater Stuttgart and Lenski in “Eugene Onegin” at Opera de Toulon. Later this summer he will share the role of the Duke with Stephen Costello and Sergey Romanovsky in “Rigoletto” at the Bregenz Festival.

Baggio and Valuzhin will be joined by Hrachuhí Bassénz as Mimi, Sebastian Wartig as Marcello, Chao Deng as Schaunard, and Markus Marquardt as Colline this Friday. Speranza Scappucci will lead the orchestra.