Monday, August 26, 2013

Oggi il mio nome non è Dolora

Lisa Hirsch had scoped it out before the e-mail had even made it out of the SF Opera press department: Dolora Zajick won't be singing the title role in Tobias Picker's Dolores Claiborne, which was written for her. She'll be replaced by Patricia Racette for the first four of the six performances, followed by Catherine Cook, who's been covering the role from the get-go.

Zajick's statement says the assignment "proved to be more challenging physically and vocally than I had anticipated, and, exacerbated by my knee problems, I feel it is best to withdraw at this point rather than try to push forward."

Racette, of course, is already on the schedule for Marguerite and Elena in Mefistofele, as well as Show Boat and Butterfly come next June. A number of years ago, when she sang a Violetta here that was the lone bright spot in an otherwise dreary Traviata, I suggested that the company's smart move would be just to "hire Racette for everything." I was, y'know, kidding.


At 8/26/2013 6:00 PM, Blogger Lisa Hirsch said...


I need to add a hat tip to Parterre Box, which is where I got the news. About that Traviata, all I remember is that Pat should have bagged the high whatever that most sopranos feel obliged to sing. Looking at the cast now, they would have done better with Carfizzi as Germont Pere and Todd Geer (where is he now?) as Alfredo.


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