Friday, February 23, 2018


Maurizio Bernini will miss two performances of Semiramide at the Met:
Gareth Morrell will replace Maurizio Benini as conductor for performances of Rossini’s Semiramide on Saturday February 24 at 8.00pm and Wednesday February 28th at 7.30pm, 2018.
British conductor Gareth Morrell made his Met debut in 1999 leading Lucia di Lammermoor. Since then he has conducted performances of FidelioDon GiovanniAidaLa Bohème and Tosca for the Met. He has been on the conducting staff at the Metropolitan Opera since 1996. Other engagements included Tristan und Isolde in Puerto Rico and Carmina Burana with the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra.
The cast for Semiramide includes Angela Meade in the title role, Elizabeth DeShong as Arsace, Javier Camarena as Idreno, Ildar Abdrazakov as King Assur and Ryan Speedo Green as the High Priest Oroe.
Remaining performances, conducted by Maestro Benini, are on March 3, 6, 10 (matinee), 14 and 17, 2018.
Do I care? Not really!


Unknown said...

Pretty sure you could pull a random pedestrian in from Columbus Avenue and they'd do a better job than Benini. Strange that the press release lists no reason for the withdrawal, though.

Lisa Hirsch said...

They should have just hired me for Feb. 28. Five days to learn a four-hour Rossini score? No problem!