[Metropolitan Opera] Casting Update News
Alain Altinoglu will conduct next season’s spring performances of Verdi’s Otello, replacing Plácido Domingo, who has withdrawn due to a scheduling conflict. Altinoglu will lead the performances on March 11, 15, 20, 23, 27, and 30.
Altinoglu made his Met debut in the Met’s 2009-10 season, conducting Bizet’s Carmen. Earlier this season, he led his first Met performances of Gounod’s Faust, an opera he will conduct again in the 2012-13 season.
The spring performances of Otello star José Cura as Otello, Krassimira Stoyanova as Desdemona, Alexey Dolgov as Cassio, and Thomas Hampson and Marco Vratogna as Iago. The opera will also be performed five times in October 2012, under the baton of Semyon Bychkov and starring Johan Botha as Otello, Renée Fleming as Desdemona, Michael Fabiano as Cassio, and Falk Struckmann as Iago.