25 August 2017 at 1.02pm | 3 Comments
The role will be sung by Romanian-born British soprano Simona Mihai at performances between 11 September and 3 October (excluding 23 September), and by Lebanese-Canadian soprano Joyce El-Khoury on 23 September and 6, 7 and 10 October. As originally scheduled, Simona Mihai will sing the role of Mimì on 23 September; and 6 and 10 October.
Simona Mihai previously sung the role of Musetta for The Royal Opera in 2014. She was a member of The Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme 2008–10, during which time she sang roles including Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas and Poussette in Manon. Since leaving the Programme she has sung Frasquita in Carmen, Poussette in Manon, Musetta in La bohème and Nedda in Pagliacci for The Royal Opera. This Season she returns to the role of Nedda in Pagliacci for the Company. Recent engagements elsewhere include Mimì for Frankfurt Opera.
Joyce El-Khoury has previously sung the role of Musetta for Bavarian State Opera, Canadian Opera Company and Dutch National Opera. She made her Royal Opera debut in the 2016/17 Season as Violetta in La traviata. She returns later this Season to sing Sylvia in L’Ange de Nisida in concert.
The rest of the cast remains unchanged.