Cancer forces Sarah Connolly to cancel Prom
Dame Sarah Connolly, the mezzo-soprano, has had to withdraw from a Proms performance and a forthcoming ENO production because of recently diagnosed cancer.
“Last month I had an unwelcome birthday present, breast cancer” said Dame Sarah, 56, in a statement today. “Like so many women afflicted with this disease, I will face whatever is coming as best I can. Imminent surgery means I must withdraw from L'enfance du Christat the BBC Proms (August 14) and ENO’s Orpheus and Eurydice (due to open on October 1).
“I hope, however, to fulfil all of my other concert and recording commitments over the coming months. I’d like to thank the BBC Proms and the ENO for their kindness and understanding, and I look forward to working with them both in the near future.”
Julie Boulianne will take her place in the Prom, and Alice Coote will take over for the Coliseum production.
Born in County Durham, Sarah Connolly made her breakthrough in opera at ENO in the Nicholas Hytner production of Handel’s Sersein 1998. She has become particularly associated with Baroque and early classical roles, and made her first appearance as a guest soloist in the Proms in 2009, singing Rule Britannia! She was made a dame in 2017.