Borichevsky’s wife, soprano Kathryn Lewek, starring as Lucia, made 11th-hour suggestion.
After a series of artist cancelations because of health, soprano Kathryn Lewek, Borichevsky’s wife, suggested him to the director of the house for the jump-in.
First, the production saw the baritone singing the role of Enrico drop out. Vladimir Stoyanov was called in to replace him. Stoyanov was at the Sofia airport when the call came through.
Four days later, another principal fell ill, tenor Oreste Cosimo.
With two principals down, the production was in dire straits until Lewek, making her role debut at the house, suggested her husband.
Borichevsky saved the show with just seven hours to prepare.
The couple met when the two had performed “Lucia” eight years earlier.
Love was in the air in nice when Lewek and Borichevsky kissed at the end of the love duo between Lucia and Edgardo. According to reports, the kiss was quite a hit. – OperaWire