Nightmare at Santa Fe as two opera stars pull out

Nightmare at Santa Fe as two opera stars pull out


norman lebrecht

July 15, 2014

The tenor Warren Mok has withdrawn from the US premiere of Huang Ruo’s opera Dr.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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  • Mark Powell says:

    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.

  • sdReader says:

    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.

  • Nick says:

    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 Warren Mok has withdrawn at two weeks notice – because of other commitments?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.

  • BK says:

    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).