Casting confirmed for The Royal Opera’s Faust

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FAUST

(Charles-François Gounod)

4, 7, 11, 14, 17, 22, 25 April 2014

Co-production with Opéra de Monte Carlo, Opéra de Lille and Fondazione Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi, Trieste.

Following the announcement last week that Russian soprano Anna Netrebko has withdrawn from Faust, the role of Marguerite will now be shared between Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva and Greek soprano Alexia Voulgaridou.

Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva will sing the role of Marguerite on 4, 7, 17 and 22 April, making her role debut with The Royal Opera.

She will also perform the role for Vienna State Opera in May, again replacing Anna Netrebko.

Yoncheva made her debut with The Royal Opera in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Winners’ concert in July 2012 and also sang the role of Musetta (La bohème) for The Royal Opera in the 2012/13 Season.

She made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, as Gilda (Rigoletto) in December 2013, and recently sang Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) for Paris Opéra.

Greek soprano Alexia Voulgaridou will sing the role of Marguerite on 11, 14 and 25 April. She has previously sung the role in Rome, Catania, Hamburg and Valencia.

She made her debut with The Royal Opera as Mimì (La bohème) in 2008.

Her recent performances include Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly) in Tokyo and Hamburg, Mimì (La bohème) in São Paulo and the title role in Tosca in Trieste and Lausanne and for Opera Australia.

The rest of the cast for these performances remains unchanged, with Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja in the title role, Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel as Méphistophélès,

British baritone Simon Keenlyside as Valentin, Croatian mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupić as Siébel, British mezzo-soprano Diana Montague as Marthe Schwertlein and Jette Parker Principal Korean bass Jihoon Kim as Wagner.

Italian conductor Maurizio Benini conducts all performances.

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