After a subpar opening at the Met with David McVicar's new routine production of Anna Bolena and high profile cancellations by Elina Garanca and Angela Gheorghiu the Metropolitan Opera reported that Mariusz Kwiecien, the Met's new Don Giovanni will not sing the first performance due to a back injury he suffered during the dress rehearsal. Peter Mattei will sing the opening night on October 13. Rodion Poggossov will sing the next two performances of Barber of Seville.
There is still no word on whether Kwiecien will sing any of the shows. Dwayne Croft, Kwiecien's cover is rehearsing in case he must step in for the next performances.