Rafael Davila will sing the role of Don José in the January 31 and February 3 performances of Bizet’s Carmen, replacing the originally scheduled Marcelo Álvarez, who is ill.
Puerto Rican tenor Davila made an unexpected Met debut during the opening performance of this season’s Carmen, and sang the role at an additional performance on January 27. His recent performances with other companies include singing Don José in Carmen and Don Alvaro in Verdi’s La Forza del Destino at the Washington National Opera, Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca at the Florida Grand Opera, and Turriddu and Canio in the double bill of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci at the Teatro di San Carlo.
The January 31 and February 3 performances of Carmen will be conducted by Asher Fisch and will star Cleméntine Margaine in the title role and Kyle Ketelsen as Escamillo. Maria Agresta will sing Micaëla on January 31 and Janai Brugger will make her Met role debut as Micaëla on February 3.