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Non son io, mio Carlo

Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Luca Salsi will sing the role of Rodrigo in this season’s performances of Verdi’s Don Carlo, replacing Simon Keenlyside, who has withdrawn from the run due to illness.” So says the Met’s press department.

  • manou

    He has also cancelled some Falstaff Fords elsewhere in Europe.

    I do hope he gets both his health and his confidence back as soon as possible.

    • Yeah this cancellation wasn’t surprising but sad to hear about his continued vocal troubles.

      • olliedawg

        We saw him in Paris last summer in performance with the Paris Opera Orchestra. He sang with the text in hand, and glasses on (which I found kinda endearing), but I found YouTube videos and Met Live in HD.

  • Gualtier M

    What is weird is that the Met website is still showing Keenlyside as performing on the March 30th premiere and on April 15th…

    Now if they could manage to replace Frittoli and James Morris (though his aged sound could be appropriate for the Inquisitor) this might be a successful revival.

    • Gualtier M

      It is fixed now…must have been looking at a cached version….

  • decotodd

    Keenlyside is scheduled for Rodrigo in this summer’s DON CARLO at the BSO festival, as is Vargas who has withdrawn from a few engagements recently.

  • Krunoslav

    Luca Salsi! ZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    Did they try for Powell or Tezier or Kelsey?

    • manou

      Luca Brasi was busy.

    • Cicciabella

      Sweet dreams, Krunoslav:

    • laddie

      Mattei knows the part but doesn’t seem to want to repeat his one run from a few years back, performed in Norway.

      • laddie

      • DellaCasaFan

        Mattei is a great Rodrigo on the Naxos issue of the complete Don Carlo. A decent recording, actually, but of course he is the highlight. He has a Rodrigo selection on his recital CD that also includes the g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s rendition of two Wolfram arias. I wish he ventures more in Verdi and some Wagner.

  • javier

    It is more difficult for women (sopranos in particular) in opera because if a woman did what Keenlyside did her career would be over. furthermore, of a blog like this she’d be ripped to pieces and mocked, but for keenlyside it’s “sad” lets hope he get’s his “confidence back”. bah!

    • olliedawg

      Preach it, brother!

  • tiger1

    Javier, lot’s of sopranos have cancelled for health reasons and still continued getting many and prestigious bookings, like Montserrat Caballé, Julia Varady, Anja Harteros (although it might not have been for health reasons). So how is that different from Mr Keenlyside?

  • tatiana

    UPDATE: Keenlyside has announced cancellations of a slew of opera and concert dates through April, including a Thomas Ades premiere with the New York Philharmonic. I’m crossing my fingers he’ll be back and in good form for his April 29 Tully recital with Emmanuel Ax.
    Wishing him a swift and total return to good health--