The Metropolitan Opera recently announced a cast change: soprano Janai Brugger will appear as Pamina in all scheduled performances of The Magic Flute at the Met in December 2016 and January 2017. She replaces Layla Claire, who had to withdraw because of pregnancy.
Pamina is one of Ms Brugger’s signature roles, having sung it to great critical acclaim at Los Angeles Opera and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. “This American soprano seems to have it all – a warm, subtle presence, a gleaming, mobile voice full of colour and nuance, packed with emotion in a show-stopping ‘Ich fühl’s’, and a natural connection with the music.” (Classical Source).
The artist already has a history with the Met. She won the Met’s National Council Auditions in 2012 when she sang Pamina’s aria “Ach, ich fühl’s.” Later that same year she made her Met debut as Liù in Puccini’s Turandot. In the following season of 2013-2014, she appeared as Helena The Enchanted Island. Later this season at the Met, she will sing Jemmy in the new production of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell and Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen.