Soprano Switch-Up

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From City Paper music critic Lindsay Koob:

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Before our informal podcast interview (check it out!) this afternoon with Roméo et Juliette stars Nicole Cabell and Frédéric Antoun, Patrick and I learned of an important solo role switch (we didn't discuss it in the recorded interview, as it seemed to be something of a sensitive issue). Ms. Cabell had to bow out of her scheduled appearance in the big choral-orchestral concert on June 5, where she was scheduled to sing the spectacular soprano I part in the Mozart Mass in C Minor.

Apparently, the exhaustive rehearsal and performance schedule for R&J conflicted with planned rehearsals for the Mozart gig, and something had to give. Fortunately, Ellie Dehn — who is singing Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni — leapt into the breach. And we have every reason to expect a great performance from her in the mass. She has the kind of agile and creamy soprano that's ideal for the part, and she has apparently sung it quite recently. Rehearsal time for DG hasn't been as much of an issue — they already did it six times last year.

Sure, we regret that we won't get a second chance to hear Cabell. But if you hear Dehn in this glittering role, you probably won't be disappointed.

Lindsay Koob

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