Soprano Nicole Car has withdrawn from the January 2017 performances of La Bohème. The role of Mimi will be sung by the Italian soprano Mariangela Sicilia.
Sicilia made her operatic debut in 2009 as Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. Prior to her Sydney appearance, she will be singing the role of Sophie in Werther at the Teatro Communale in Bologna.
Later in 2017 she will sing the role of Violetta in La Traviata at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and Corinna in Il viaggio a Reims at the Teatro dell’opera di Roma. Sicilia made her debut at Opera National de Paris as Musetta in La Bohème under the baton of Sir Mark Elder in 2014/15. She reprise this role in the 2015/16 at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo.