Nightmare at Santa Fe as two opera stars pull out

The tenor Warren Mok has withdrawn from the US premiere of Huang Ruo’s opera Dr. Sun Yat-sen, citing other commitments. The show is due to open in a fortnight.

The soprano Laura Tatulescu has dropped out of Don Pasquale ‘due to severe allergies’.

To lose one star is a misfortune. To lose two…


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  • To lose two. . . is part of the perils of singing at altitude (6800 ft) during the summer. . . The company is gifted with an excellent apprentice program, strong covers, and a music staff second to none, to say nothing of the orchestra, one of the best in the country.

    They will soldier on, and shine.

  • If Santa Fe can’t find a better Norina than Laura Tatulescu, in a competitive Fach with many excellent American singers, it really needs new casting management.

  • There has to be something fishy here. Warren Mok has withdrawn at two weeks notice – because of other commitments? Other commitments?? How is it possible in this day and age that any artist withdraws from a leading role because of a clash of commitments? That’s one of the weakest excuses I have ever heard. Does he have neither an agent, a diary or a smartphone? There is clearly more here than either he or Sante Fe is letting on.

  • Were these allergies the eason why Tatulescu was “indisposed” for Don Pasquale’s opening night? I wonder if she will be back next year for La Finta Giardiniera, or if she will be bowing out (or asked to not return).

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