Opera Singers Cancel 'Faust' Performances

New York (AP) -- Soprano Angela Gheorghiu and tenor Roberto Alagna have canceled their remaining performances of "Faust" at the Metropolitan Opera because of the war in Iraq.

The husband-and-wife team left the United States after Monday night's performance, Met spokesman Francois Giuliani said Thursday. That was the fourth performance in the run.

"They had war concerns and terrorism concerns," Giuliani said, adding they also cited "their presence being needed for their children in France."

The pair had not been scheduled to sing in the Gounod opera on Friday night, when Marcus Haddock is to make his Met debut as Faust and Emiley Pulley is to sing Marguerite.

Haddock and Pulley will now take over the two remaining performances that had been scheduled for the Alagnas, on March 25 and March 29. The latter is a Saturday matinee to be broadcast nationally on radio.

After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, the Alagnas withdrew from five performances of Puccini's "La Boheme" at the Met because they were concerned about flying. Alagna also withdrew then from a benefit performance for victims of the attacks and the Met's opening night gala.


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