Like Anna Netrebko before her, Natalie Dessay has backed out of singing all four roles in The Tales of Hoffmann this summer at the San Francisco Opera. Natalie will continue to sing Antonia while Hye Jung Lee, recently seen as Madame Mao, will sing Olympia, Irene Roberts will appear as Giulietta and Jennifer Cherest will be Stella. It is very unusual, actually, for one person to sing all four women in Hoffmann. I've only seen it done at the Berkeley Opera. This was predictable. I look forward to seeing Natalie in whatever she wishes to sing.
Matthew Polenzani will sing Hoffmann, the always fascinating Alice Coote will appear as Nicklausse and Christian Van Horn is the four villains.