Release date: 10/28/2015
Lucia cast change.pdf
San Francisco Opera announces a cast change for this evening’s 7:30 p.m. performance of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at the War Memorial Opera House. Due to illness, soprano Nadine Sierra is unable to perform. Replacing Ms. Sierra in the title role of Lucia is Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova, who has sung the role to great success at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Bolshoi Theatre, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Los Angeles Opera, and will also perform the role in concert later this season with conductor Valery Gergiev at the Mariinsky Theatre. Ms. Shagimuratova is also participating in the Company’s current production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute as The Queen of the Night, running through November 20.
Ms. Shagimuratova joins a distinguished cast for tonight’s final performance of Lucia di Lammermoor including Piotr Beczala (Edgardo), Brian Mulligan (Enrico) and Nicolas Testé (Raimondo), in a new San Francisco Opera production directed by Michael Cavanagh and conducted by San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti. For more information, about San Francisco Opera’s 2015–16 Season, visit sfopera.com
Russian coloratura soprano Albina Shagimuratova made her San Francisco Opera debut as The Queen of the Night in 2012 and returned later that year as Gilda (Rigoletto). In the 2014–15 season, her engagements included the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor with the Metropolitan Opera and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Shagimuratova is a graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, and her roles with that company include The Queen of the Night, Gilda, Musetta (La Bohème), and Violetta (La Traviata). Career highlights include The Queen of the Night at the Vienna State Opera, Covent Garden, the Met, La Scala, Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, and Los Angeles Opera; Lucia di Lammermoor at La Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Los Angeles Opera, and the Bolshoi Theatre; Violetta in Moscow; Amina (La Sonnambula) and Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore) in Vienna; Gilda with Chicago Opera Theater; and the title role of Manon in Luxembourg.