Friday, October 28, 2011

JHM to the Rescue!

Not only is Jay Hunter Morris singing the title role in the current run of Met Siegfrieds, he's taking the same role in several of the upcoming performances of Gotterdaemmerung. Here's the scoop from the Metropolitan Opera's press release:
Jay Hunter Morris will sing the role of Siegfried in the new production premiere of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung on January 27, and in the performances on February 7 and 11. He replaces Gary Lehman, who has withdrawn due to the continued effects of a viral infection. Stephen Gould will sing the role of Siegfried as scheduled in the January 31 and February 3 performances. The February 11 matinee of Götterdämmerung will be transmitted worldwide as part of The Met: Live in HD series. 
As Alex Ross tweeted, "this is good news based on last night's strong outing." James Jorden also liked JHM, reporting that he sang well and looked the part. I am not surprised; he was an engaging Siegfried and sang beautifully in SF.

No decisions yet, apparently, about what will happen in the full Ring cycles. 

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