Violetta Urmana Replaces Alice Coote In Spain

By Francisco Salazar

Violetta Urmana will replace Alice Coote in the Spanish National Orchestra’s upcoming concert.

According to a press release from the orchestra, Coote canceled the concert due to personal reasons. She was to perform in a program entitled “Cleopatra’s Requiem” on Feb. 16, 17 and 18 under Sir Mark Elder.

Now Urmana will take over and perform the scheduled program which includes Berlioz’s “La mort de Cléopâtre” and Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben.

Urmana, who is best known for singing both soprano and mezzo-soprano repertoire, recently performed Eboli in “Don Carlo” at the Palau de les arts and is next scheduled to sing Amneris in “Aida” at the Teatro all Scala di Milano as well as at the Teatro Real de Madrid.

Coote returns to the stage in April for the Met premiere of “Cendrillon” alongside Joyce DiDonato. She also sings the same production next season in Chicago alongside  Siobhan Stagg in the title role and also takes on “Ariodante.”