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Cast change: Simona Mihai and Joyce El-Khoury to sing in La bohème

Romanian-born British soprano and Lebanese-Canadian soprano to replace Nadine Sierra in the role of Musetta.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

25 August 2017 at 1.02pm | 3 Comments

American soprano Nadine Sierra has withdrawn from singing the role of Musetta in La bohème.

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.

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By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

25 August 2017 at 1.02pm

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This article has 3 comments

  1. DAVID Edwards responded on 25 August 2017 at 1:37pm Reply

    Well that's a good start! I've lost count of the times I've been let down by withdrawals at ROH!!

  2. Catherine W. responded on 26 August 2017 at 2:11am Reply


    I wonder if the ROH has waited until substitutes have been found before announcing the replacement – which had been given concomitantly alongside Mrs Sierra's own announcement. Could you not inform your public as soon as you received the news about Mrs Sierra's withdrawal?
    As in the recent examples of R. Alagna (in 'Il trovatore' – December 2016) and D. Hvorostovsky (in 'Rigoletto' – December 2017), it seems to me that the ROH is reluctant in announcing the singers' withdrawals as soon as it is aware of them, unlike some other big opera houses that are more reactive (and more respectful towards their audience in some ways).

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 1 September 2017 at 12:32pm

      Hi Catherine,

      Thanks very much for your comment.

      Each cast change is unique, and so has its specific considerations, but we do endeavour to communicate changes as soon as possible.

      There have been instances where we have announced a withdrawal without a replacement being confirmed.



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