Friday, February 03, 2017

Flu Season at the Met (or Something)

This time, it's not Carmen, it's Barbiere (but not Mattei), and the cast change announcement doesn't specify the reason for the change:
Valeriano Lanchas will sing the role of Dr. Bartolo in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia on Wednesday, February 8, replacing the originally scheduled Maurizio Muraro. 
As previously announced, Lanchas will also sing Dr. Bartolo on Saturday, February 11. Mr. Lanchas made his Met debut last season as Dr. Bartolo in the English-language holiday presentation of The Barber of Seville. He has previously sung the role at Ópera de Colombia in Bogotá. The Colombian bass’s recent credits with other companies include the roles of Bernardino in Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Gherardo in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at the Teatro Real in Madrid, and Don Magnifico in Rossini’s La Cenerentola at the Washington National Opera.  
The February 8 and 11 performances of Il Barbiere di Siviglia will be conducted by Maurizio Benini and star Pretty Yende as Rosina with Dmitry Korchak as Count Almaviva, Peter Mattei as Figaro, and Mikhail Petrenko as Don Basilio.


Cameron Kelsall said...

I wonder if it has something to do with Muraro substituting for Lanchas a few weeks ago, when Lanchas was sick the night of his scheduled one-off. I assume it's not illness, as Muraro is still scheduled to sing tomorrow night.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Oh, that makes perfect sense: an agreed-upon swap or something.