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    Pittas Withdraws from FAUST



    (Santa Fe, New Mexico) Santa Fe Opera General Director Charles MacKay was informed yesterday that tenor Dimitri Pittas, who was to assume the title role in Gounod’s Faust on August 8, has been forced to withdraw from the production.  Pittas fell while performing in Macbeth at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and tore his ACL.  Following emergency surgery, he is expected to remain on crutches for at least seven weeks.

    Bryan Hymel, who is currently singing the title role, will continue until the end of the season on August 27.

    “Dimitri is a former apprentice who last appeared with the Company in 2009 in The Elixir of Love and we looked forward to his return,” said MacKay.  “While we are sorry to learn of his accident and wish him a speedy recovery, we are pleased that Bryan Hymel will be able to continue in the role.”

    CONTACT: Joyce Idema, Cindy Layman, Dolores McElroy                        press@SantaFeOpera.org          

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