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Says the Met press office this snowy afternoon: “Dwayne Croft will sing the role of Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen on February 9, 13, and 16, replacing Teddy Tahu Rhodes, who determined in rehearsals that the role was no longer suitable for his voice. Casting for the performances on February 20, 23 matinee, 26, and March 1 will be announced at a later date.”

  • stignanispawn

    I vote for Alexey Markov or for Hyung Yun (who is covering Alexey Markov’s Valentin in Faust.) Hyung sang at the Met and then disapeared. He has performed with SFO and is singing the title role in Rigoletto in Seattle next season. Hyung also sang Escamillo in Wisconsin(?) last season, I think.

    • Bianca Castafiore

      • Bianca Castafiore

        Speaking of young barytones, I only heard of his name from a JJ review, and he’s quite promising as well.

        • Bianca Castafiore

  • MontyNostry

    While we’re talking about baritones singing French, this recording of Rameau by Trevor Scheunemann (who currently sings some smaller roles at the Met) is worth listening too.
    Very elegant, but also very expressive within the confines of the style. Bravo!

  • Bianca Castafiore

    Another Toreador song:

    • MontyNostry

      For that voice, I’ll forgive a few dodgy nasal vowels.

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      • Feldmarschallin

        Thanks but cannot stand Bolle….maybe Opera Chic did me in with her constant hype of him. Not my cup of tea at all.

        • operaassport

          I’ll take that tea any day with a side of those biceps :)

  • mirywi

    ‘The role was no longer suitable for his voice” makes it sound like the role is to blame for his decision to cancel.

  • Babbuino

    How did Mr. Croft fare last night, any reports?

    By the way, this guy is an excellent Escamillo, although young.

    He just did it in Atlanta and last summer at OTSL. A baritone with both snarl and bass coloring. Actually I just saw this in Opera News for Atlanta…
    “Russian-American baritone Aleksey Bogdanov rounded out the international cast with a confident portrayal of Escamillo…Bogdanov’s substantial voice rumbles rivetingly from top to bottom.”
    Too bad the MET doesn’t know him yet.


    No one’s mentioned Dolora Zajik, who has better chest notes than any baritone I’ve heard since Tito Gobbi.

    • antikitschychick

      Agreed!! XD