Thursday, May 17, 2012

Breaking News: NUMEROUS CHANGES to 2012-13 Casts

Here we go! In the tumultuous world of opera changes are to be expected time and again. but today, without much fanfare, new changes appeared across the Met's website. Here is a list of some: 

Ballo in Maschera: Sondra Radvanovsky is now set to star in next year's new Met production of Un ballo in maschera. All of Radvanovsky’s dates in Don Carlo  are now TBA, and it probably won't be Matilla. My guess is that it will be Poplavskaya who has sung the production on numerous occasions. Additionally, Marcelo Álvarez will sing Gustavo III in Un Ballo in Maschera on November 27, replacing Roberto De Biasio. That is a shame considering Di Biasio's incredible performances in Ernani last season. Álvarez will now sing all performances of the role in the 2012-13 season.
Il Trovatore: Gwyn Hughes-Jones will make his Met role debut as Manrico in Verdi’s Il Trovatore at the September 29 matinee and will also sing the role on October 4, 8, 12, 17, 20, and 25. Carmen Giannattasio will take over Radvanovsky's Il Trovatore  dates (October 12, 17, 20, and 25) in addition to the dates already assigned to her.
Aida: Dolora Zajick will replace Olga Borodina as Amneris in Verdi’s Aida on December 19, 22, and 28. As previously announced, Borodina will still sing the role on November 23, 26, 29 and December 3, 7, 12, and 15 matinee.
L'Elisir D'Amore: As previously noted Erwin Schrott will make his Met role debut as Doctor Dulcamara in Bartlett Sher’s new production of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore on January 30. He will also sing the role on February 2, 6, and 9 matinee.
Otello: Italian baritone Marco Vratogna will make his Met debut as Iago in Verdi’s Otello on March 27. He replaces Thomas Hampson, who will still sing the performances on March 11, 15, 20, 23, and 30.

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