Met replaces Nina Stemme with … who?

Met replaces Nina Stemme with … who?


norman lebrecht

April 12, 2022

Nina Stemme has pulled out of tonight’s Elektra.

Her replacement is … Rebecca Nash.

She is Australian, and this will be her first appearance at the Met, as well as her role debut.

Previously, she has worked at Seattle, Arizona, Calgary and Central City Opera.


  • Michael says:

    For all your readers for whom English is not their first language, in thanks for their wonderful (mostly!) contributions and with the thought that they would hope that English errors would be pointed out so that they can continue to polish their English: it’s “WITH … WHOM “ !!! As Elektra says to Chrysotemis: “Mit wem”, not “Mit wer”.

    • Hugo Preuß says:

      I read the sentence differently. Of course, “replaces with who” would be wrong. But it is a different matter if you read “replaces with … [dramatic pause for effect] [reads the name of the replacement] WHO???” – as in: who the heck is this?

      But then, English is not my first language 😉

    • Hans-Dieter Glaubke says:

      Bravo! I contributed my reminder, as well.

    • Nick2 says:

      Strictly speaking, when the “with” is part of a title and separated by a series of dots, I believe WHO is in fact correct. Had it been in a sentence, then “whom” would almost certainly be correct.

    • La plus belle voix says:

      You were quicker than I.

    • Maria says:

      Middle class posh English, but of course, only allowed!

  • Hans-Dieter Glaubke says:

    With whom?

  • Joel Stein says:

    On Saturday night it was announced that Ms Stemme was suffering from allergies

  • JB says:

    I just was there and Rebecca Nash got a huge applause, and derservedly so. Not as big a voice as Davidsen, but then nobody has. Big cheers behind (!) the curtain, probably because everybody was happy that the show went well.

  • phf655 says:

    I was at the performance. The only announcement was a slip of paper inside the program. Rebecca Nash has a lyrisch-dramatisch voice of considerable quality, which I would be happy to hear in just about any Strauss leading role. The voice is too small for Elektra, particularly at the Met, but she handled herself with considerable skill. The high notes were there, sung, and on pitch. She was particularly effective in the recognition scene with Orestes, where somewhat less vocal heft is required. She is a rather large woman, so she wasn’t too effective visually, but who knows what opportunity she had to familiarize herself with the staging.

    • Allan Altman says:

      I was there too and agree with your assessment. As you note, the Met management did not acknowledge Nash’s presence from the stage. She deserved that courtesy.

      • Imbrod says:

        No live announcement seems to be the Met practice these days–Marjukka Tepponen wasn’t announced when she jumped in for Ailyn Perez last week as the substitute Tatiana.

    • JB says:

      Nash is also about half as tall as Davidsen which didn’t help her acting. Vocally it worked rather well, especially because Runnicles held the orchestra back.

      • John Kelly says:

        Most people are half as tall as Davidsen!!! Including Ms Stemme! (who is quite tall!)

      • Can Belto says:

        Actually, I found that to be an asset. It played up Elektra’s vulnerability which often gets lost in the geschrei.

  • Everett says:

    Indeed, we were rather disappointed to learn just before the curtain rose tonight that the great Nina Stemme would be absent, with no reason provided (to us at least). Ms. Nash proved an enthusiastic and credible replacement. Good for her. We still feel as if we missed something potentially special, but that sentiment is now softer after the joy of hearing in person the highly touted Lise Davidsen, who on this evening fully lived up to such billing.

  • Johnny Tedwin says:

    Rebecca is a wonderful singer, and from what I hear was a sensation last night. Bravo.

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    The three dots (…) break up the sentence. That being the case, I think all bets could be called off, thus possibly making your point a tad pedantic in the process. If they were connected, then yes. Using “who” in this context makes the ending more like an exclamation.

  • Allan Altman says:

    Nash gave a fine performance. She doesnt have Stemme’s opulence (who does?), but she was vocally secure throughout her range, and her interpretation was exciting and personal.

  • Kathleen King says:

    Best of luck. Gotta be scary.

  • melvin says:

    Ah! Only in the world of opera.

  • David says:

    WHO? WHOM? Who gives a fuck? Opera fans are so weird. Or wired? Did Ms Nash give a good performance? Is she someone to seek out for future performances? That’s what I care about, not whether someone used perfect grammar.

  • Vin says:

    This why the game of going to operas has changed. Now its painful knowing you’re gambling with house money if you travel to the Met for a specific performer. Luckily they have the HD Opera series in movie theaters for those who aren’t feeling brave. In Europe, its a different world entirely of the Wild Wild West.