Cast Changes

January 12, 2018

Casting Update News

 Alexey Lavrov will perform the role of Silvio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci on the Saturday January 13 matinee performance, replacing Alessio Arduini, who is ill. This performance of Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci will be heard live over Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.

 Alexey Lavrov previously sang the role of Silvio in Pagliacci at the Met in 2016 and has also sung the role at Opernhaus Zürich. This season Lavrov has sung the role of Ping in Puccini’s Turandot at the Met, and is scheduled to perform as Schaunard in Puccini’s La Bohème in February, a part he sang with the company last year. A graduate of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Lavrov made his company debut in 2013 as the Herald in Verdi’s Otello and has since appeared as Dr. Malatesta in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Schaunard in Puccini’s La Bohème, Count Dominik in Strauss’ Arabella, the Huntsman in Dvořák’s Rusalka, and Yamadori in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

 The performances of Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci are conducted by Nicola Luisotti and star Roberto Alagna, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Željko Lučić , George Gagnidze, and Aleksandra Kurzak. Remaining performances are on January 17, 20 (matinee), 25 and 29, and February 1, 2018.

 

January 11, 2017

 Casting Update News

Jennifer Rowley will sing the role of Leonora in all performances of the Met’s production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore opening January 22, replacing the originally scheduled Maria Agresta, who is ill.

Rowley has previously sung the role of Leonora with Théâtre de Caen, Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, and Opéra de Lille. She made her Met debut as Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème in 2014, and last year received critical acclaim making her role debut at short notice as Roxane in Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac. Tomorrow night she is scheduled to sing the title role in the Met’s new production of Puccini’s Tosca, a part she has also sung with New Orleans Opera and Dresden’s Sächsische Staatsoper. Her other performances include the title role in Barber’s Vanessa with Toledo Opera and as Musetta in La Bohème at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.

Sir David McVicar’s production of Il Trovatore, led by Marco Armiliato, will also feature Yonghoon Lee as Manrico, and Anita Rachvelishvili as Azucena. Quinn Kelsey and Luca Salsi will share the role of Count di Luna, with Štefan Kocán and Kwangchul Youn both singing the role of Ferrando. For one performance on February 6, Dolora Zajick will sing the role of Azucena.

Performances of Il Trovatore at the Met are on January 22, 26, 30, Feb 3 (matinee), 6, 9, 12 and 15, 2018.

For further information, including casting by date, please visit www.metopera.org.

 

 

January 10, 2018

Casting Update News

Ekaterina Semenchuk, already scheduled to sing the role of Santuzza in the first three performances of the current season of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, will now sing at all the performances, replacing Eva-Maria Westbroek, who is ill. Westbroek had been scheduled to sing later in the season from January 20 to February 1, 2018.

Russian mezzo-soprano Semenchuk made her Met role debut as Santuzza this week. Earlier this season, she was a soloist during the Met’s concert performances of Verdi’s Requiem, and her other credits with the company have included Princess Marina in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Pauline in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, and her company debut as Sonya in Prokofiev’s War and Peace.

 

The performances of Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci will be conducted by Nicola Luisotti and star Roberto Alagna, George Gagnidze, Željko Lučić, and Aleksandra Kurzak. Remaining performances are on January 13 (matinee), 17, 20 (matinee), 25 and 29, and February 1, 2018.

 

January 4, 2018

Casting Update News

Lyubov Petrova will sing the role of Susanna in tonight’s performance, January 4, 2018, of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, replacing the originally scheduled Nadine Sierra, who is ill.

Russian soprano Petrova makes her Met role debut as Susanna, a role she has previously sung at Glimmerglass Opera and Palm Beach Opera. A graduate of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Petrova made her Met debut as Zerbinetta in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos during the 2000-2001 season. Her other Met credits include performances as Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff, Sophie in Massenet’s Werther, and Sophie in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier. For other companies her roles have included Tatyana in Eugene Onegin with Florida Grand Opera, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier with the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Nederlandse Opera, Dallas Opera, and Pittsburgh Opera.

Sir Richard Eyre’s staging of Le Nozze di Figaro, with performances through to January 19, is conducted by Harry Bicket. The production also features Ailyn Pérez, Isabel Leonard, Mariusz Kwiecien and Ildar Abdrazakov.

 

 

 

December 12, 2017

Sir Bryn Terfel has had to withdraw from the Met’s new production of Puccini’s Tosca as he takes enforced rest due to vocal fatigue. Željko Lučić will sing the role of Scarpia on December 31, 2017, and January 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 23, and 27 (matinee), 2018.

“I am extremely disappointed to have to cancel these performances,” said Sir Bryn. “I was particularly happy to be returning to the Metropolitan Opera with this exciting new staging, and it is a terrible shame not to be a part of it.”

As a consequence of the change, Lučić, who was scheduled to sing the role of Alfio in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, will be replaced by George Gagnidze for performances on January 8, 13 (matinee), 17, 20 (matinee), and 25, 2018. Lučić will still sing Alfio for the final two performances on January 29 and February 1, 2018.

Željko Lučić made his Met debut in 2006 as Barnaba in Ponchielli’s La Gioconda and has sung 12 roles with the company, including the title role in Nabucco, Amonasro in Aida, Count di Luna in Il Trovatore, and Iago in a new production of Otello which opened the 2015–16 season. His performances as Iago, the title role of Rigoletto, and the title role of Macbeth, opposite Anna Netrebko, have all been seen throughout the world as part of the Met’s Live in HD series. He previously sang the role of Scarpia at the Met in 2015.

Sir David McVicar’s new staging of Tosca, conducted by Emmanuel Villaume, opens on December 31, starring Sonya Yoncheva as Tosca and Vittorio Grigolo as Cavaradossi. The January 27 matinee will be transmitted live as part of the Met’s Live in HD series, which reaches more than 2,000 movie theaters in 73 countries around the world.

Later performances beginning April 21 will star Anna Netrebko in the title role opposite Marcelo Álvarez as Cavaradossi and Michael Volle and Lučić sharing the role of Scarpia. The April and May performances will be conducted by Bertrand de Billy.

December 7, 2017

This season Marco Armiliato and Bertrand de Billy will conduct the Met’s productions of Verdi’s Il Trovatore and Luisa Miller, respectively, both replacing James Levine.

Maestro Armiliato has conducted more than 400 performances with the Met since his debut in 1998. In recent years, he has conducted performances at the Vienna State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Zurich Opera, and Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. Later in 2018 he leads three Puccini operas at the Met: La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, and Turandot.

Sir David McVicar’s production of Il Trovatore will feature Maria Agresta as Leonora, Yonghoon Lee as Manrico, and Anita Rachvelishvili as Azucena. Quinn Kelsey and Luca Salsi will share the role of Count di Luna, with Štefan Kocán and Kwangchul Youn both singing the role of Ferrando.

Performances of Il Trovatore are on January 22, 26, 30, Feb 3 (matinee), 6, 9, 12 and 15, 2018.

Maestro de Billy made his Met debut in 1998. He is principal guest conductor of the Dresdner Philharmonie and was formerly Music Director at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Vienna, as well as principal guest conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. He regularly conducts for such companies as the Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Paris Opéra, the Salzburg Festival, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In 2018 he will also conduct performances of Tosca and Cendrillon at the Met.

Elijah Moshinsky’s production of Luisa Miller features Sonya Yoncheva in the title role, with Plácido Domingo as her father. Piotr Beczała sings Rodolfo, with Olesya Petrova as Federica, Alexander Vinogradov as Count Walter, and Dmitry Belosselskiy as Wurm.

Performances of Luisa Miller are on March 29, Apr 2, 6, 9, 14 (matinee), 18 and 21 (matinee), 2018. The April 14 matinee will be transmitted live as part of the Met’s Live in HD series, which reaches more than 2,000 movie theaters in 73 countries around the world.

December 5, 2017

Emmanuel Villaume will conduct the Met’s new production of Puccini’s Tosca, on December 31, 2017, and January 3, 6, 9, 12, 23, and 27, 2018, replacing James Levine.

Maestro Villaume, who recently conducted Massenet’s Thaïs at the Met, is Music Director of the Dallas Opera and Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Prague Philharmonia. He made his Met debut in 2004 conducting Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and his subsequent performances with the company have included Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila, Bizet’s Carmen, Massenet’s Manon and Gounod’s  Roméo et Juliette. 

Sir David McVicar’s new staging of Tosca opens on December 31, with Sonya Yoncheva as Tosca, Vittorio Grigolo as Cavaradossi, and Bryn Terfel as Scarpia. The January 27 matinee will be transmitted live as part of the Met’s Live in HD series, which reaches more than 2,000 movie theaters in 73 countries around the world.

Later performances on April 21, 26 and 30, and May 4, 8 and 12, 2018, will star Anna Netrebko in the title role opposite Marcelo Álvarez as Cavaradossi and Michael Volle and Željko Lučić sharing the role of Scarpia. The April and May performances will be conducted by Bertrand de Billy.

Gareth Morrell will conduct the performance on January 18, 2018. The conductor for the January 15 performance will be announced at a later date.

June 16, 2017

Sonya Yoncheva will make her role debut in the Met’s new production of Puccini’s Tosca next season replacing Kristine Opolais, who has withdrawn for personal reasons. The Met looks forward to welcoming Ms. Opolais back in future seasons. The company is grateful to the Vienna State Opera for releasing Ms. Yoncheva from a previous commitment.

Ailyn Pérez, who most recently sang Mimì in the Met’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème, will replace Yoncheva as the Countess in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro in performances from December 29 through January 13Read more... 

 

April 18, 2017

Joel Revzen will conduct tonight’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin replacing Robin Ticciati, who is ill. Read more... 

 

April 18, 2017

AJ Glueckert will make his Met debut as Erik in Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer and will sing the role in the first four performances of the opera at the Met this season on April 25, 29matinee, May 4, and 8. The American tenor replaces the originally announced Jay Hunter Morris, who has withdrawn from his scheduled performances for personal reasons. Read more... 

 

February 1, 2017

Roberto Aronica will sing the role of Don José in the February 7 and 11 matinee performances of Bizet’s Carmen, replacing the originally scheduled Marcelo Álvarez, who is ill. Read more... 

 

January 30, 2017

Rafael Davila will sing the role of Don José in the January 31 and February 3 performances of Bizet’s Carmen, replacing the originally scheduled Marcelo Álvarez, who is ill. Read more... 

 

January 17, 2017

Clémentine Margaine will make her Met debut in the title role of Bizet’s Carmen this Thursday, January 19, and will sing the role in all performances of the opera at the Met this season. The French mezzo-soprano, who was to make her company debut in the role later this season, replaces the originally announced Sophie Koch, who has withdrawn from her scheduled performances due to illness. Read more... 

 

December 29, 2016

Asher Fisch will conduct performances of Bizet’s Carmen this season, replacing the originally announced Dan Ettinger, who has withdrawn due to illness. Fisch will conduct performances on January 19, 23, and 31; February 3, 7, and 11matinee. Derrick Inouye will conduct the performance on January 27. Louis Langrée will still conduct the final two performances of Carmen on February 15 and 18. Read more... 

 

December 13, 2016

Kirsten Chambers will make her Met debut singing the title role in this evening’s performance of Strauss’s Salome, replacing Patricia Racette, who is ill. Read more... 

 

December 8, 2016

Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from his upcoming opera engagements, including this spring’s Met performances as the title character in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, due to illness. In June 2015, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and began treatment. However, balance issues resulting from the illness have made the performance of staged opera difficult, though he plans to continue performing in concerts, recitals, and the recording studio. A statement from Mr. Hvorostovsky is available here.

Mariusz Kwiecien and Peter Mattei will step into the role of Onegin at the Met for this spring’s performances, with Kwiecien singing on March 30, April 3 and 7 and Mattei singing on April 12, 15, 18, and 22 matinee.  Read more... 

 

November 7, 2016

Patricia Racette will add a new role to her Met repertory as the title character in all performances of Strauss’s Salome this season, replacing the originally announced Catherine Naglestad. Ms. Naglestad was forced to withdraw from the performances, which were to be her Met debut, for medical reasons that will prevent her traveling to America as scheduled.  Read more... 

 

October 13, 2016

Carsten Wittmoser will make his Met debut as Kurwenal in tonight’s performance of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, replacing Evgeny Nikitin, who is ill.  Read more... 

 

October 11, 2016

Maria Zifchak will sing all eight performances of Hedwige in Rossini’s Guillaume Tell this season. She replaces Marianna Pizzolato, originally announced to sing all performances, who withdrew last week to star as Isabella in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri. Read more... 

 

September 27, 2016

Marianna Pizzolato will make her Met debut as Isabella, the title character in L’Italiana in Algeri, which she now sings in all performances of Rossini’s comedy at the Met this season. The Italian mezzo-soprano replaces Elizabeth DeShong, who has withdrawn from the run due to illness.

Maria Zifchak will replace Ms. Pizzolato as Hedwige in the first four performances of the new production of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, which are October 18, 21, 25, and 29 matinee. Pizzolato will sing the role as scheduled in the final four performances of the run, on November 2, 5, 9, and 12 matinee.  Read more... 

 

 

September 15, 2016

Paul Appleby will sing the role of Don Ottavio in this season’s September and October performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, replacing Rolando Villazón, who has withdrawn due to illness. In addition to the October 15 matinee, which Appleby was already scheduled to sing, the American tenor will now perform the role on September 27, October 1 matinee, 5, 8, 11, 19, and 22 matinee.  Read more... 

 

August 24, 2016

Janai Brugger will sing the role of Pamina in the December 20, 23, 26, 30 matinee, January 2 and 5 performances of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, replacing Layla Claire, who has withdrawn due to pregnancy. 

Caitlin Lynch will sing Pamina at the December 29 matinee performance, which Brugger was originally scheduled to sing.  Read more... 

 

July 1, 2016

In order to conserve her vocal energies in a season that has included numerous performances of demanding repertory, Anna Netrebko has withdrawn from three of her eight scheduled performances of the title role in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at the Met next season. In her place, Kristine Opolais—who starred in the premiere of the Met’s new staging earlier this year—will sing the role of Manon Lescaut on November 21, December 7, and December 10. 

In order to accommodate her added performances as Manon Lescaut, Ms. Opolais will withdraw from one of her scheduled performances of Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème. In her place, Hei-Kyung Hong will sing Mimì on December 8.  Read more... 

 

May 3, 2016

Due to Anna Netrebko’s recent decision not to add the title role in Bellini’s Norma to her repertory, the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden—where she was scheduled to debut the role—as well as the Vienna State Opera and Dallas Opera have announced several related cast changes. Read more... 

 

April 28, 2016

Francesco Anile will sing the title role in this evening’s performance of Verdi’s Otello, replacing Aleksandrs Antonenko, who is ill. Read more... 

 

April 25, 2016

As previously announced, Met Music Director James Levine will withdraw from the May 2017 MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall concerts. Esa-Pekka Salonen will replace him as conductor for all three concerts. The repertory will be adjusted for two of the three concerts. Read more... 

 

April 18, 2016

As previously announced, Met Music Director James Levine will withdraw from the May 22 MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall concert and from next season’s new production of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. David Robertson will conduct the May 22 concert and Sebastian Weigle will lead the new production of Der Rosenkavalier.

 

In addition, Johan Botha has withdrawn due to illness from the May 26 Carnegie Hall concert, and will be replaced by German tenor Stefan Vinke in his first Met appearance. The program—excerpts from Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, conducted by Mo. Levine and also featuring soloist Christine Goerke—will remain as previously announced.

 

The May 22 all-Strauss concert will, as previously announced, feature Renée Fleming in lieder selections, including the Four Last Songs. In addition, the program will now include Don Juan and Also Sprach Zarathustra, replacing the previously announced Suite from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme and Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche.  Read more... 

 

February 26, 2016

Latonia Moore will sing her first Met performance of the role of Cio-Cio-San in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly on Wednesday, March 2, replacing Hei-Kyung Hong, who is ill. Read more... 

 

February 26, 2016

Ana María Martínez will sing Cio-Cio-San in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly on February 27 and March 5, replacing Hei-Kyung Hong, who is ill and has withdrawn from the run of performances. The Met thanks Los Angeles Opera for releasing Martínez to sing these performances. Casting for the role on March 2 will be announced at a later date. Read more... 

 

February 10, 2016

Ana María Martínez will sing her first Met performances of Cio-Cio-San in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly on February 19 and 22, replacing Hei-Kyung Hong, who is ill. Hong is scheduled to sing the performances on February 27, March 2 and 5, as previously announced. Read more... 

 

February 3, 2016

Antonello Palombi will sing Manrico in tonight’s performance of Verdi’s Il Trovatore, replacing Marcello Giordani, who is ill. Read more... 

 

January 26, 2016

Jonas Kaufmann has canceled his performances in this season’s new production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut due to illness.

Star tenor Roberto Alagna—currently at the Met giving an acclaimed performance of Canio in Pagliacci—will sing his first-ever performances of des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, replacing Kaufmann. To allow time for him learn the staging before the February 12 new production premiere, Alagna must withdraw from his remaining performances as Canio as he undertakes this new challenge.

Marco Berti, currently starring at the Met as Calàf in Puccini’s Turandot, will replace Alagna as Canio in the remaining performances of PagliacciRead more... 

 

December 23, 2015

Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from his upcoming performances of Verdi’s Il Trovatore—February 3, 6, 9, and 13 matinee—due to his ongoing treatment for a brain tumor. Juan Jesús Rodríguez will sing di Luna in these performances, making his Met debut. Read more... 

 

December 14, 2015

Andrey Nemzer will sing the role of Orlofsky in this evening’s performance of Johann Strauss, Jr.’s Die Fledermaus, replacing Susan Graham, who is ill. Read more... 

 

December 7, 2015

American tenor Brenton Ryan will make his Met debut as Pedrillo in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail this spring. Ryan will sing all five performances of the opera, which opens on April 22 and continues on April 27, 30, May 3, and May 7 matinee. Read more... 

 

December 4, 2015

Mireille Asselin will sing the role of Adele in this evening’s season premiere performance of Johann Strauss, Jr.’s Die Fledermaus, replacing Lucy Crowe, who is ill. Read more... 

 

November 19, 2015

Roberto De Biasio and Gwyn Hughes Jones will sing Pinkerton in the initial performances of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Met this spring, replacing Massimo Giordano, who has withdrawn due to illness. De Biasio will sing Pinkerton on February 19, 22, and 27, and Hughes Jones will sing the role on March 2 and 5.

As previously announced, De Biasio will also sing Pinkerton on April 6, 9, and 12, and Roberto Alagna will sing the role on March 17, 21, 25, 29, and April 2 matinee. Read more...