Role debut as Donna Anna at the Metropolitan Opera
Guanqun Yu returns to the Metropolitan Opera for her role debut as Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, a role she has sung at Oper Frankfurt. Ms. Wu made her Met debut in fall 2012 as Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore, jumping in for a sick colleague. The New York Times heralded her performance saying:
“It was an excellently sung, impressively assured performance. Ms. Yu’s voice has silvery focus with a dark patina; it soared over the ensemble that ends Act II. Most important, even at this early point in her career, she already uses coloratura not merely to sound pretty but also to express character. Singing both verses of her fourth-act cabaletta with fiery accuracy — a challenge even for more experienced singers — Ms. Yu conveyed a startling intimacy in the huge Met, as if you were peering into Leonora’s fevered thoughts.”
On April 4, 9, 12, 15 & 18, she returns to perform in Michael Grandage’s timeless production of Don Giovanni, sharing the stage with a fantastic roster of artists including Peter Mattei in the title role, Susanna Phillips as Donna Elvira, Serena Malfi as Zerlina, Pavol Breslik as Don Ottavio (Apr. 4, 19 , 12) and Paul Appleby as Don Ottavio (Apr. 15 & 18), Adam Plachetka as Leporello, Kihwan Sim as Masetto, and Dmitry Belosselskiy as the Commendatore. The performance on April 9 will be broadcast live on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SiriusXM Channel 75.