Casting News

March 17, 2015
Željko Lučić has withdrawn from his spring Met engagements due to illness. In his place, George Gagnidze will sing Alfio in the new production of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana. Gagnidze, who will also sing Tonio in Pagliacci as originally scheduled, will join Marcelo Álvarez in performing in both halves of the evening’s double bill; Álvarez sings both Turiddu inCavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci.  Mark Delavan will replace Lučić as Amonasro in this April’s performances of Verdi’s Aida. Read more...

March 5, 2015
Jonas Kaufmann has canceled his performance as Don José in Bizet’s Carmen this Saturday, March 7 matinee, as he is still ill with the flu and unable to travel to New York. Yonghoon Lee, who substituted for Kaufmann at last evening’s performance, has agreed to sing Don José on Saturday. Read more... 

March 2, 2015
Jonas Kaufmann has canceled his performance as Don José in Bizet’s Carmen for this Wednesday, March 4, because he is suffering from the flu and was unable to travel to New York as scheduled on Sunday. In his place, Yonghoon Lee, who will be singing the title role in Verdi’s Don Carlo later this month, has agreed to sing Don José on Wednesday. Read more...

February 3, 2015
Ilya Bannik will sing the role of King René in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta on February 3, 7, 10, and 14 matinee, replacing Alexei Tanovitski, who is ill. Read more...  

January 26, 2015
Ilya Bannik will make his Met debut as King René in tonight’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, replacing Alexei Tanovitski, who is ill. Read more...

November 19, 2014
Bryan Hymel and Charles Castronovo will sing the role of Rodolfo in the next three Met performances of La Bohème, replacing Ramón Vargas, who is recovering from an illness. Read more...

November 3, 2014
Sonya Yoncheva will sing her first-ever staged performances of Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème at the Met on November 14, 20, 24, 28, December 1 and  5, replacing Kristine Opolais. Read more... 

October 30, 2014
Sonya Yoncheva will make her North American role debut as Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata at the Met this January. Marina Rebeka will replace Yoncheva as Musetta in the three performances of La Bohème she was scheduled to sing. Read more... 

October 16, 2014
George Gagnidze will sing the role of Amonasro in five performances of Verdi’s Aida this season, replacing the originally announced Andrzej Dobber, who has withdrawn from the performances. Read more....

September 24, 2014
Heidi Stober will sing the role of Gretel in the January 1 and January 3 matinee performances of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Read more... 

September 18, 2014
The Metropolitan Opera announces cast changes for this season’s performances of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Verdi’s Aida, and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Read more...

September 4, 2014
American soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen will make her Met debut as Countess Almaviva in this December’s performances of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.Willis-Sørensen will sing the role on December 4, 8, 12, 15, and 20 matinee, replacing the originally announced Amanda Majeski, who now sings the September and October performances of the opera. Read more...

September 3, 2014
German bass Tobias Kehrer will make his Met debut this season as Sarastro in six performances of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, replacing Franz-Josef Selig, who has withdrawn for health reasons. Read more... 

August 13, 2014
American soprano Amanda Majeski will sing Countess Almaviva in all performances of the season-opening new production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, replacing Marina Poplavskaya, who has withdrawn for health reasons. Read more...

August 5, 2014
Erin Morley will sing Olympia and Christine Rice will sing Giulietta in the first six performances of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, replacing Hibla Gerzmava, who has retired the roles from her repertory. Read more...