It seems the Royal Opera House is having little luck with the casting of Mimì in La bohème. Days after lining up Irish soprano Celine Byrne to replace Anja Harteros in the first cast of this summer’s revival, she has had to withdraw for health reasons.
She is replaced by Carmen Giannattasio, an Italian soprano familiar to London audiences through her involvement in Opera Rara projects. Unbelievably, this will mark her Royal Opera debut. She has previously sung Mimì in Berlin andToulouse.
Giannattasio’s recent appearances include Violetta in La traviata in Berlin, Leonora in Il trovatore forThéâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, Salomé (Massenet’s Hérodiade) for De Vlaamse Opera, and Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito) in Aix-en-Provence.
Her future roles include the role of Elizabeth of Valois in Don Carlos in Berlin as well as her debut at the Met as Leonora (Il trovatore).