Got to give credit to Bryn Terfel: he’s now canceling a whole season in advance. The bass-baritone scrapped his spring 2009 appearance in the Met’s L’elisir d’amore several months ago, and now he’s pulled out of the company’s 2009 opening night, a new production of Tosca that now stars Karita Mattila and Marcelo Alvarez. The frankly unstarry Juha Uusitalo subs as Scarpia under the baton of James Levine in this new Luc Bondy production.
Uusitalo is also skedded for Jack Rance in the 2010-2011 Fanciulla which is to feature Marcello GIordani‘s Dick, plus plucky hometown favorite TBA as the eponymous girl.Â This, and oh so much more, may be found on the recently updated Met Futures Page.
And, speaking of updates, it appears Roberto Aronica will not flee the country after his espresso ordeal yesterday. La Cieca’s spy reports that the tenor reported this morning for a Madama Butterfly staging rehearsal. And (did I mention this?) promptly fell off the back of the set.