Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Peter Mattei is the new Don Giovanni

Yesterday it was reported that Mariusz Kwiecien had been injured during the dress rehearsal of Don Giovanni and that he would have to miss the first performance of the highly anticipated New Production. He was still scheduled for the consecutive performances. However the Met is now reporting that Peter Mattei will take the lead role of Don Giovanni for the October 17 and 22 performances. Rodion Pogossov will take the lead role of Il Barbiere di Siviglia for the October 14, and 22 performances. There is still no word on who will take the role of Don Giovanni on the 25 and 29 of October. The 29 is the HD performance leading me to believe that Peter Mattei will end up taking the role. 

Peter Mattei last sang Don Giovanni in 2009 to acclaim. He was hailed for his charisma, acting prowess and for his vocalism.

In addition to this change it was just announced that the rising star tenor Roberto De Biasio will sing the role of Pinkerton in a one night only performance of Madama Butterfly on February 17. De Biasio made his met debut last year replacing an ill Ramon Vargas and will sing the role of Ernani alongside Angela Meade this year.

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