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    Mika Shigematsu to Replace Ning Liang in World Premiere of "The Letter"


    Mezzo-soprano Mika Shigematsu will sing the role of “A Chinese Woman” in composer Paul Moravec and librettist Terry Teachout’s opera, The Letter, which is being given its world premiere on July 25 at The Santa Fe Opera.  Ms. Shigematsu replaces Ning Liang, who was slated to sing the role.  Ms. Liang is unable to appear due to a scheduling conflict. Ms. Shigematsu, a native of Japan, made her professional debut with San Francisco Opera and is a graduate of San Francisco Opera’s Merola and Adler Fellowship Programs.  She has sung leading mezzo roles on international stages, including Rosina in The Barber of Seville for Boston Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, New National Theatre, Tokyo and Canadian Opera Company; Angelina in La Cenerentola for Opera Colorado and San Francisco Opera; Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro for Seattle Opera; and Teodino at New York City Opera in Handel's Flavio.  Famous for her interpretation of Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, Ms. Shigematsu has sung the role throughout the world, from Cincinnati to Detroit to Lausanne just this past season.  This will be her Santa Fe Opera debut.

    The Letter, an “opera noir,” is based upon the Somerset Maugham story of the same name, which was also made into a famous Hollywood film in 1940 starring Bette Davis.  The cast includes Patricia Racette and Anthony Michaels Moore. The Letter will be directed by Jonathan Kent, with set designs by Hildegard Bechtler and costumes by Tom Ford.  The Letter runs from July 25 – August 18. 


    Contact: Joyce Idema, Cindy Layman, Dolores McElroy                                   press@santafeopera.org


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