Kath­leen Turner to make Met de­but

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NEW YORK — One of act­ing’s most dis­tinc­tive voices will make an un­ex­pected Metropoli­tan Opera de­but.

Kath­leen Turner, known for words that smoke rather than shim­mer, 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 Thurs­day.

She re­ceived an un­ex­pected email this sum­mer from Met gen­eral man­ager Peter Gelb propos­ing the idea. Asked to de­scribe her voice, Turner terms it “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 said dur­ing an in­ter­view Wed­nes­day with her dis­tinc­tive, throaty laugh.

An Academy Award- and Tony Award-nom­i­nated ac­tress, the 64-year-old Turner will ap­pear in seven per­for­mances of the comic opera from Feb. 7 to March 2, the last tele­vised to movie the­aters around the world in high def­i­ni­tion.

“I was think­ing of in­ter­est­ing, big­ger-than-life per­son­al­i­ties, and Kath­leen came to mind, Gelb said.

Turner re­ceived an Academy Award nom­i­na­tion for “Peggy Sue Got Mar­ried” in 1997 and Tony nom­i­na­tions for Ten­nessee Wil­liams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” in 1990 and Ed­ward Al­bee’s “Who’s Afraid of Vir­ginia Woolf?” in 2005.

The Duchess has seen star turns of re­tired and semire­tired singers, ac­tors and even a fa­mous ju­rist.

Supreme Court Jus­tice Ruth Bader Gins­burg, a noted opera fan, per­formed it in Novem­ber 2016 on the open­ing night of the Wash­ing­ton Na­tional Opera’s sea­son.

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