Andriana Chuchman to Sub for Anna Netrebko in Met's L'Elisir

Tuesday, January 07, 2014 - 05:42 PM

The soprano Anna Netrebko has pulled out of the January 9 and 13 performances of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore at the Metropolitan Opera, citing the flu. Taking her place is Andriana Chuchman, a Canadian soprano who will be making her Met debut in the role of Adina.

Chuchman was already slated to make her Met debut this February as Miranda in the revival of The Enchanted Island. Recently she's performed in the Glyndebourne production of Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel, in Show Boat at Washington National Opera and in Camelot at the Glimmerglass Festival.

The Met's L’Elisir also features Ramon Vargas, Nicola Alaimo and Erwin Schrott, the baritone who is Netrebko's ex-partner.

Chuchman posted a photo on Twitter with co-star Vargas on Monday, prompting speculation that she would be filling in.

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Mike from New York

Sorry all- Chuchman was ANYTHING BUT good, stellar, successful, a delight, whatever other superlative adjective the reviewers have used in the past couple of days. I was there in person, in a very good seat, and she was quite inaudible at moments (especially singing lower notes- no chest voice whatsoever), with a very rough top, cutting off all of the notes short, running out of breath and very, very vocally pale in comparison to Netrebko. Chuchman was cute at moments, but hers was a small voice not capable of filling up the house from top to bottom and being evenly audible from beginning to end. She frequently sounded very tired by the end of every aria and scene. It was a vocally very anemic performance, sounding and looking exactly like when an under-prepared and vocally average last-minute standby has to go on, or like some conservatory production- a voice with a good potential but still not ripe enough for a big debut. I understand the nerves must have played a big part, but, she did not have the voice for this role at the Met. Maybe in a much smaller house- but NOT at the Met. Vargas was also in pretty rough shape, but was able to hold his fort from beginning to end. The worst of all was Alaimo who didn't fit the part neither physically nor vocally. He was an abomination of Belcore. Blows my mind that he was even cast in this role. The man can't sing from being so overweight. Luckily, Schrott saved the performance. It was an excellent delivery from beginning to the end- minus the tacky Jack Sparrow costume, hair and make up. Note to Met's casting directors: the audience sees and hears everything. Be careful and more selective who you give parts to.

Jan. 15 2014 01:50 AM
Les from Miami, Florida

Sorry...it's Chuchman, not Churchman. I heard the opening night performance, and she is a delight. Vargas is lyric, youthful and fresh-sounding, like Chuchman. Schrott has a couple of surprises in Act II I've never heard from others in his role: listen for "pazzie" and "Senator Tredenti"! Many concerted pieces have cuts opened, but not entirely. Some tempos written "allegro vivace" are truly breakneck. The Prelude and Introductory Chorus and the end of Act I just whizz along. But Benini is a masterful conductor. Some short rhythmic phrases are repeated at a lower dynamic to avoid monotony. To all who can see the performances in person: run --- do not walk --- and do so. I'm sure you'll be delighted. Let's all make it a priority to listen to the matinee' broadcast on 25 January.

Jan. 10 2014 09:47 AM
Adina M.

At first I was disappointed to learn that Anna Netrebko will not be singing on the night I will be attending the opera, but now that I know Andriana is filling in, I can't wait!

Jan. 09 2014 10:18 PM
Les from Miami, Florida

There are four Schumann songs on YouTube performed by Ms. Churchman at the Myra Hess Festival in Chicago in 2008 that attest to an agile light soprano, a category I prefer in the role of Adina; and Mr. Vargas's Rodolfo in "La Bohe`me" in previous years at the Metropolitan Opera is another joy.

Jan. 09 2014 09:22 AM
WQXR

@J Carrion - we stand corrected. Thanks for the clarification!

Jan. 08 2014 09:42 AM
J Carrion from Bushwick, Brooklyn

The picture of Adina with Ramon Vargas is not a "selfie".... Someone else took the image, in which case it is simply a picture.

Jan. 08 2014 07:56 AM
Charles Fischbein from Front Royal, Va.

While I hope she gets better soon, Ms. Netrebko has a long history of last minute cancellations. Dresden, La Scala, three concerts in Germany and her 2011 Carnegie Hall concert.
Many of opera's premier performers travel with their own cooks and nurses, and some are even accompanied by their personal physicians.
This is certainly flu weather, however many illnesses can be avoided with proper care and nutrition.
I wish Ms. Churchman the best for the role and will be listening live on SiriusXM. Hopefully Ms. Netrebko will be back in time for her other broadcast performance dates, she is too good to miss, and I feel bad for those who bought pricy tickets for the season premier. God Speed, Charles Fischbein

Jan. 07 2014 08:31 PM

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