Cast Changes

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 The Italian mezzo-soprano replaces Elizabeth DeShong, who has withdrawn from the run due to illness.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in this season’s September and October performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, replacing Rolando Villazón, who has withdrawn due to illness.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20, 23, 26, 30 matinee, January 2 and 5 performances of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, replacing Layla Claire, who has withdrawn due to pregnancy.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her vocal energies in a season that has included numerous performances of demanding repertory, Anna Netrebko has withdrawn from three of her eight scheduled performances of the title role in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at the Met next season.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...