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Subject: Fwd: Metropolitan Opera Cast Change Advisory - L'Italiana in Algeri and Guillaume Tell
From: Bob Kosovsky <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Bob Kosovsky <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:23:16 -0400

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Casting Update News

Marianna Pizzolato will make her Met debut as Isabella, the title
character in L’Italiana in Algeri, which she now sings in all
performances of Rossini’s comedy at the Met this season. The Italian
mezzo-soprano replaces Elizabeth DeShong, who has withdrawn from the run
due to illness.

Maria Zifchak will replace Ms. Pizzolato as Hedwige in the first four
performances of the new production of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, which
are October 18, 21, 25, and 29 matinee. Pizzolato will sing the role as
scheduled in the final four performances of the run, on November 2, 5, 9,
and 12 matinee.

Artist Biographies

Marianna Pizzolato has recently sung the role of Isabella at Toulouse’s
Théâtre du Capitole, Florence’s Opera di Firenze, Liège’s Opéra
Royal de Wallonie, and Bologna’s Teatro Comunale. Her other recent
performances have included Emma in Rossini’s Zelmira at Paris’s
Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Opéra Lyon; Fenena in Verdi’s Nabucco
at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden;
Elisabetta in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda at the Gran Teatre del Liceu;
and the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola at the Opéra Royal de
Wallonie, Opéra National de Paris, and Seville’s Teatro de la

Maria Zifchak has sung more than 300 Met performances over the course of
her 18-year career with the company. Her numerous other roles at the Met
this season will include the Old Shepherdess in Janáček’s Jenůfa, the
Slave in Strauss’s Salome, Third Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute,
Giovanna in Verdi’s Rigoletto, and Annina in Verdi’s La Traviata. Her
other recent appearances with the company have included Ines in Verdi’s
Il Trovatore, Hannah in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, and Suzuki in
Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, a role she has sung 83 times at the Met.

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Music Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
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