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Cast confirmation: Anna Caterina Antonacci to sing in Carmen on 3, 6 and 9 January 2014.

Italian soprano to replace Elīna Garanča, who has withdrawn due to pregnancy.

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

14 August 2013 at 4.50pm | 9 Comments

Following the withdrawal of Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča from the title role in The Royal Opera’s production of Carmen, the role of Carmen on 3, 6 and 9 January 2014 will be sung by Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci, who created the role in this production for The Royal Opera in December 2006. She has also recently performed the role in Paris and Copenhagen.

Anna Caterina Antonacci made her Royal Opera debut in 1994 singing the role of Elcia in Mosè in Egitto, and sang the role of the Trojan princess Cassandra in Les Troyens for The Royal Opera in June and July 2012. Recent roles have included Elle in La Voix Humaine in Luxembourg and Paris, Susanna in Il segreto di Susanna and the title role in Pénélope in Paris, Desdemona in Rossini’s Otello in Brussels and Romeo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi in Paris and Lyons.

The rest of the cast is unchanged.

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

14 August 2013 at 4.50pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged Anna Caterina Antonacci, cast change

This article has 9 comments

  1. She will, once more, show the exquisite level of unreachable interpretation and filigran style for french opera, a treat for well opera-'knowers' , only available to those who really know the nuances of highest vocal, and not only expression. Bows and affection, *GR*

  2. Sebastian Petit responded on 14 August 2013 at 10:16pm Reply

    Hallelujah, hallelujah!! And let joy be unconfined! About ****y time too! Now can we have Kaufmann as Don Jose and @ailynperez as Micaela too....

    • George responded on 15 August 2013 at 7:15pm

      Antonacci has already sung Carmen with Kaufmann, remember? There is even a DVD of it. And it didn't work out all that well, there was zero chemistry between them. Besides, Alagna's French is waaaaay better. He is a really great Don José.

    • Ivy responded on 26 March 2017 at 7:51pm

      You are right; it was about time. I much prefer Antonacci's Carmen to Garanca's, because not only is she a better singer but her acting and ability to fill the role with her own special intensity is great.
      George: have you actually watched the DVD of Kaufmann and Antonacci in Carmen? Because there was PLENTY of chemistry in their interpretations of the roles; you could say they also had biology and physics. And it is really quite pathetic of you to compare Alagna to Kaufmann, because the former IS French, so naturally he will be more fluent in the language than the latter who is German. And let us not forget the fact that Alagna cannnot hold a candle to Kaufmann in terms of singing. For a German, who speaks Italian and English as well, his French is perfecty adequate. And he can actually act properly, which is more than can be said for Alagna. I rest my case.

  3. John responded on 15 August 2013 at 11:32am Reply

    Great news - best Carmen in the world! Now please bring her in other roles.

  4. caterina antonacci formidable
    the best artist of de wordl by opera carmen
    shi is wonderful

  5. Yasmin responded on 22 December 2013 at 1:37pm Reply

    Will be watching Families performance of Carmen on 12/1- can you say who'll be playing the main parts?

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 22 December 2013 at 4:47pm

      Hi Yasmin

      We'll ask for you.

      Best wishes


  6. Basak responded on 13 January 2014 at 11:15am Reply

    it was a bliss to watch her yesterday in Carmen! She made me cry on Habanera. Such a powerful actress!

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