Oscar-nominated actress Kathleen Turner, known for bringing her distinctively husky voice to movies such as “Body Heat” and “Romancing the Stone,” is about to make what the AP calls “an unexpected Metropolitan Opera debut.”
Turner is joining the cast of Gaetano Donizetti’s “The Daughter of the Regiment” in the non-singing role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp, the Met said today.
Turner, 64, will appear in seven performances of the comic opera from Feb. 7 to March 2, with the last performance to be televised to movie theaters worldwide.
Met general manager Peter Gelb proposed the role to Turner, who describes her voice as “kind of baritone.”
“Peter says I’m one of the few women he knows who can sing ‘Ol’ Man River’ in the original key,” she’s quoted saying in an interview this week.
“’La Fille du Regiment’ is sung in French and stars soprano Pretty Yende in the title role of Marie, tenor Javier Camarena as Tonio (who sings the famous aria ‘Ah! mes amis’ with the nine high Cs) and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the Marquise of Berkenfield,” the AP reports. “The Duchess enters imperiously at the start of the second act to arrange a marriage between her nephew and Marie.”
Said Gelb: “I was thinking of interesting, bigger-than-life personalities, and Kathleen came to mind.”