George Gagnidze and Željko Lučić will share the title role of Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Met this fall, replacing Simon Keenlyside, who is taking a necessary period of vocal rest for much of the year and temporarily removing the role of Rigoletto from his repertoire. Gagnidze will sing the first seven performances of the opera, while Lučić—already scheduled to sing the December performances of the run—will also sing Rigoletto on , 16, and 19.
Because both baritones were also scheduled to sing Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca at the Met, that role will now be shared between four singers: the originally scheduled Lučić and Marco Vratogna, as well as Roberto Frontali and James Morris.
Casting By Date
Rigoletto: George Gagnidze (, 23, 28, 31, , 7, 10)
Željko Lučić (, 16, 19, , 5, 8, 12mat, 17)
Scarpia: Roberto Frontali (, 21)
Željko Lučić (Oct. 24mat, 29, , 6)
James Morris (, 14mat, 18, 21)
Marco Vratogna (, 28mat, )