Elizabeth Bishop will make her Met role debut as Fricka
May 2, 2013
Casting Update News
Elizabeth Bishop will make her Met role debut as Fricka in Saturday evening’s performance of Wagner’s Das Rheingold, replacing Stephanie Blythe, who is ill. As previously scheduled, Bishop will also sing Mère Marie in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites on Saturday afternoon—a rare instance of a singer performing principal roles in two different operas in the same day.
Bishop made her Met debut in 1994 as a Venetian Secretary in Britten’s Death in Venice. Earlier this season, she sang her first Met performances of Dido in Berlioz’s Les Troyens. She has sung a total of eight roles with the company, including the title role in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, Venus in Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Fenena in Verdi’s Nabucco, and the 2nd Norn in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung. Bishop has sung Fricka with Washington National Opera and San Francisco Opera.
Das Rheingold, conducted by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi, also stars Wendy Bryn Harmer as Freia, Meredith Arwady as Erda, Stefan Margita as Loge, Robert Brubaker as Mime, Greer Grimsley as Wotan, Richard Paul Fink as Alberich, Franz-Josef Selig as Fasolt, and Hans-Peter König as Fafner.