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    John Del Carlo Withdraws from "The Elixir of Love"

    2009-06-22

    John Del Carlo, who was to make his Santa Fe Opera debut in the role of Dr. Dulcamara in Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, has asked to be released from the production.  He has been suffering from a severe sinus infection and has been advised by his doctors to withdraw.

    “We had looked forward to his debut this season,” said General Director Charles MacKay.   “Hopefully, we will find another opportunity in the future to introduce him to our audiences.  In the meantime, we wish him a speedy recovery.”

    Thomas Hammons, who has sung the role of Dr. Dulcamara across the country and abroad, will replace Mr. Del Carlo.  Mr. Hammons will be remembered for his poignant portrayal of Dansker in last summer’s production of Billy Budd.  A former Santa Fe Opera apprentice singer, Mr. Hammons appears with major opera companies throughout the country.  He is best known for creating the role of Henry Kissinger in Nixon in China, which he has performed in Houston, Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt and Los Angeles.  Last season he made his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as Schigolch in Lulu.  He is also a member of the Metropolitan Opera Company, having appeared there every season since his debut in 1996.

    Donizetti’s romantic comedy, The Elixir of Love, opens on Saturday, July 4, and runs for eight performances throughout July and August.  Tickets can be purchased by contacting The Santa Fe Opera Box Office: (800) 280-4654 / (505) 986-5900, or online at www.santafeopera.org.

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

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