Ekaterina Semenchuk, already scheduled to sing the role of Santuzza in the first three performances of the current season of Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, will now sing at all the performances, replacing Eva-Maria Westbroek, who is ill. Westbroek had been scheduled to sing later in the season from January 20 to February 1, 2018.
Russian mezzo-soprano Semenchuk made her Met role debut as Santuzza this week. Earlier this season, she was a soloist during the Met’s concert performances of Verdi’s Requiem, and her other credits with the company have included Princess Marina in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Pauline in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, and her company debut as Sonya in Prokofiev’s War and Peace.
The performances of Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci will be conducted by Nicola Luisotti and star Roberto Alagna, George Gagnidze, Željko Lučić, and Aleksandra Kurzak. Remaining performances are on January 13 (matinee), 17, 20 (matinee), 25 and 29, and February 1, 2018.