When I was at the airport to leave for New York, just around noon yesterday, I received a phone call from Beth Clayton who told me that she had decided to withdraw from the title role in our production of Carmen. She hadn't been well for all three weeks of rehearsals and, over the weekend, had come to the conclusion that she wouldn't be able to give a performance that would do her or the COC proud. It is unbelievably hard for an artist to make such a decision and it makes me sad to see her go. I wish her well and hope we will see her on our stage in great shape very soon.
The most brutal thing about a cancellation is that you can't wait a minute to find a solution. Our Artistic Administrator Roberto Mauro immediately arranged for me to hear Rinat Shaham right before the performance of Simon Boccanegra. She is one of today's most renowned Carmens, but I hadn't heard her before. She was wonderful, gave up her planned holiday in Florida and will do the first six of our 12 performances.
We will announce our solution for the second half of the run very soon. Stay tuned.
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