Angela Gheorghiu cancels Met Opera’s new `Faust’

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Director Jonathan Miller once dubbed Gheorghiu and Alagna opera’s “Bonnie and Clyde.”

The pair feuded with then-La Scala music director Riccardo Muti and left a production of “Pagliacci” he was conducting in Ravenna, Italy. They also canceled a planned engagement in Vienna because Gheorghiu saw the production on television and hated it.

In 1998, Met general manager Joe Volpe withdrew the couple’s contract to perform in a Franco Zeffirelli production of Verdi’s “La Traviata,” saying the couple wanted to approve the production’s concept and designs.

Mastroianni said Gheorghiu has contracts to sing in “La Boheme” and Puccini’s “La Rondine” at the Met.

In an interview with The Associated Press nine years ago, Gheorghiu said she and Alagna were blamed for being difficult when they were just trying to maintain high standards.

“It’s our fault, all the time, whether it’s the director, the conductor or the opera singer,” she said.

(This version CORRECTS met season to 2011-12)

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