Saturday night Miss Mussel’s inbox brought the rather unsurprising news that Ben Heppner was canceling his COC engagement due to illness. The bug he caught in London while doing Tristan und Isolde is apparently still making life difficult.
Replacing the ailing Heppner is John Treleaven, fresh from a Siegfried in Los Angeles, Ramón Vargas and Canadian baritone Russell Braun. According to a COC press release much of the original program remains intact. Mr. Vargas will sing arias from Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust and Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. Mr. Braun will also sing an aria from Roméo et Juliette, as well as one from TannhÃ¤user. Mr. Treleaven will sing arias from Wagner’s Die Meistersinger, TannhÃ¤user and GÃ¶tterdÃ¤mmerung. The COC Orchestra is showcased with orchestral and operatic overtures and preludes by Berlioz and Wagner.
Treleaven and Vargas will be making their COC debuts.