American soprano Amanda Majeski will sing Countess Almaviva in all performances of the new production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by James Levine and directed by Richard Eyre. Majeski, originally scheduled to sing the Countess in later performances, will now make her Met debut on opening night, replacing Marina Poplavskaya, who has withdrawn for health reasons.
Majeski has sung the Countess with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Dresden Opera, and the Glyndebourne Festival. Her other recent performances include Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni with Opera Philadelphia, Vitellia in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Marguerite in Gounod's Faust at Zurich Opera, and the title role in Dvo?ák's Rusalka at Frankfurt Opera. Later this season, she sings Marta in Weinberg's The Passenger at Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Marschallin in Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier at Opera Frankfurt.
Le Nozze di Figaro opens the Met's 2014-15 season on September 22, and also stars Marlis Petersen as Susanna, Isabel Leonard as Cherubino, Peter Mattei as Count Almaviva, and Ildar Abdrazakov as Figaro. The October 18 matinee, with this cast, will be transmitted worldwide as part of the Met's Live in HD series, which now reaches more than 2,000 movie theaters in 67 countries around the world.