Unsurprisingly, Angela Gheorghiu -- who hasn't fulfilled in ages a complete run of an opera she was under contract to appear in -- has called in sick. Maureen
O'Flynn will sing the role of Magda at tonight's performance (that will be broadcast live) of Puccini's "La Rondine" at New York City's Metropolitan Opera.
So, did you spend a lot of money to get tkts to see Angiola? It kinda sux for you, but then, as the "Wall Street Journal" wrote,
As directed by Stephen Barlow, Ms. Gheorghiu upset the delicate balance of the worldly woman smitten by the ardent young man. Her Magda was a little too mature and knowing, a predatory cougar rather than a woman ready to abandon herself to love. The arching melody of her aria "Chi i bel sogno di Doretta" should convey pure yearning; Ms. Gheorghiu made it a show -- Magda amusing her friends with a caricature of a young girl's love. She also sounded patchy in her middle range, and accompanied her singing with curious arm wavings.
All's well, etc.