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I was very disappointed to receive – 4 days before the beginning of the rehearsals – the news that I would not be able to participate in the Staatsoper Hamburg’s production of ‘Die Zauberflöte,’ and make my role debut in the role of Pamina. While I am very happy to be starting my family, I understand that my pregnancy does present the need for certain accommodations for both the director of a production and opera house. It is for this reason that I gave the Staatsoper Hamburg the most advance warning possible (one month before the start of rehearsals), in order to give them ample time to solve any challenges. This decision does appear to be made because of staging, which would need to be altered in order for me to perform the role. I was convinced that we would be able to find a solution that didn’t damage the artistic integrity of this production, and I was assured up until this week that the staging could be altered to allow for my participation. I would have personally withdrawn had I found myself unable to perform to the appropriate standard. I am committed to honoring my commitments as a singer provided that it does not pose a risk to me or my baby. I was feeling both vocally and physically in top form and was very much looking forward to performing for the first time in Hamburg. I know that pregnant women around the world still face difficulty in the workplace, but I was very surprised to receive so many messages of women telling me about similar experiences. I hope that progress in every field of work can be made so that all artists, men and women, are respected in their work.
Julie Fuchs sings in concert in her home city of Avignon with
Octuor Ô-Celli on April 9th.
Julie Fuchs reprises the role of Morgana in Handel’s Alcina on March 14th, 16th, 18th and 20th at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. Cecilia Bartoli sings the title role, Philippe Jaroussky sings Ruggiero, and Emmanuelle Haïm conducts.
Julie Fuchs makes her debut in Berlin on February 28th, at the Berliner Philharmoniker with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, conducted by Raphaël Pichon. Replacing an ill colleague, Ms. Fuchs sings a program of Rameau arias.
Les pêcheurs de perles, starring Julie Fuchs as Leïla, will be broadcast on Mezzo on January 25th at 16:30. Additional information here:
Julie Fuchs reprises the role of Comtesse Adèle in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory on January 12th and 14th at the Château de Versailles Theater.
Le Comte Ory, starring Julie Fuchs as Comtesse Adèle, is now available on Culturebox:
Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles, starring Julie Fuchs as Leïla, will be rebroadcast on Mezzo TV throughout December and January. Click below for the full schedule:
Julie Fuchs sings La Comtesse Adèle in the new production of Le Comte Ory at the Opéra Comique, from December 19th to 31st.