French Mezzo-soprano Katia Ledoux has made opera history by becoming the first woman to perform the male lead tenor role in Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld” — all on a day’s notice.
The performance took place at the Vienna Volksoper, where Ledoux’s portrayal of the character Hoffmann was met with a standing ovation. The role is traditionally performed by a male tenor and is known for its demanding vocal range and athleticism.
How did this come about?
The mezzo-soprano offered to step into the lead role when tenor Daniel Kluge fell ill. For one night only, Ledoux made history on the Volksoper stage by playing both the soprano and leading tenor role in the challenging 19th-century operetta.
You can read Ledoux tell the incredible story in her our words via Facebook.
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