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Cavalier treatment

Roberto Aronica will sing Cavaradossi in the first five performances of Puccini’s Tosca at the Met this season—October 16, 21, 24 matinee, 29, and November 2—replacing Massimo Giordano, who is ill. As originally scheduled, Aronica will also sing the role on November 25, 28 matinee, and December 1.” The Met’s press office keeps us informed.

  • I fail to see what they see in Massimo Giordano. I mean, Aronica will not be the reincarnation of Corelli, but who is? i think he is still a huge improvement over Massimo Giordano.

    • gustave of montreal

      Agreed.

  • Krunoslav

    When it rains, it pours:

    James Levine Will Focus His Energies on Tannhäuser This Fall;

    New Production of Lulu Will Now Be Conducted By Lothar Koenigs

    New York, NY (October 2, 2015) – Faced with the demands of rehearsing and performing two large-scale operas simultaneously this fall, Met Music Director James Levine has decided to lighten his workload by removing the new production of Berg’s Lulu from his schedule so that he may focus his energies completely on Wagner’s epic drama Tannhäuser. Levine has long been identified with Tannhäuser at the Met, having conducted 62 performances of the opera with the company since 1977. Lothar Koenigs, who made his Met debut in 2008 conducting Mozart’s Don Giovanni, will now lead the first 5 performances of Berg’s Lulu, a work he recently conducted at Welsh National Opera. The conductor of the final three performances will be announced at a later date.

    “Conducting evening performances of Tannhäuser while rehearsing Lulu in the daytime would be an ambitious undertaking for any maestro, let alone for someone who only recently returned to full-time conducting,” said Met General Manager Peter Gelb. “I’m pleased that Jim will now be able to concentrate his energy on Tannhäuser and that Lulu will be in the capable hands of Mr. Koenigs.”

    • manou

      Koenigs is a wonderful conductor. I saw his splendid Lohengrin at Welsh National Opera.