Met Opera Opening Night: Poplavskaya Out, Majeski In

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Even as doubts swirl around the Metropolitan Opera's fall schedule, rehearsals continue and casting changes are being made.

The Met announced on Wednesday that the once highly-touted Russian soprano Marina Poplavskaya has pulled out of the opening-night production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, citing unspecified health reasons. The American soprano Amanda Majeski will replace her as Countess Almaviva.

Majeski was originally scheduled to sing the role in later performances of the run, but will now make her Met debut on opening night. She has previously sung the Countess with several other companies including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Dresden Opera and the Glyndebourne Festival. 

The Marriage of Figaro is due to open the season on September 22. The company said this week that a contract with its unionized workers must be signed by Sunday night or they will face a lockout.

WQXR's Conducting Business will feature a panel discussion on the Met's labor dispute, due Thursday on WQXR.org.