Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Cast Change for the Saturday, April 23 Performance of FAUST

We have a cast change to announce for the Saturday, April 23, 2011 performance of Faust.

Acclaimed American baritone Brian Mulligan will make his Company debut on Saturday, April 23, 2011 when he sings the role of Valentin in Gounod’s Faust, replacing the previously announced Joshua Hopkins who is ill.

Brian Mulligan recently sang Valentin with San Francisco Opera and will sing it at the Metropolitan Opera in December.

His 2011 season has included a number of roles at San Francisco Opera including Albert in Werther, Ragueneau in Cyrano de Bergerac and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and in June he sings Klinghoffer in The Death of Klinghoffer with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. In November he sings Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Washington Opera, having sung the role previously with English National Opera.

“It is always disappointing when an artist has worked hard rehearsing a role but is prevented by illness from singing, and I am sorry that Joshua is unable to appear on Saturday. But we are fortunate to have Brian Mulligan available to step in.

“Brian is an established artist who has performed Valentin previously, and has sufficient rehearsal time to work with the stage director, conductor and his colleagues to ensure an excellent Faust,” comments San Diego Opera General and Artistic Director Ian Campbell.

“Joshua Hopkins will be in our Carmen production opening on May 14 and will be fully back to health well before then.”

We're hoping Joshua will make his Company debut for the Tuesday performance and wish him a speedy recovery.

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