Roberto Aronica will sing the role of Don José in the February 15 performance of Bizet’s Carmen, replacing the originally scheduled Marcelo Álvarez, who is ill.
Italian tenor Aronica sang Don José at the Met on February 7 and 11, and has previously sung the role at the Teatro Regio di Torino and Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Following his Met debut in 1998 as Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata, he starred as the Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto and in three Puccini roles: Rodolfo in La Bohème, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and Cavaradossi in Tosca. Later this season, he will reprise the role of Don José at La Fenice and sing des Grieux in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at Naples’s Teatro di San Carlo.
The February 15 performance of Carmen will be conducted by Louis Langrée and will star Cleméntine Margaine in the title role with Maria Agresta as Micaëla and Michael Todd Simpson as Escamillo.Okay. It is apparent that Álvarez is very unlikely to sing any of his scheduled run of performances. We're getting a stream of cast changes as the Met works out who will substitute for him as Don José