Sep 13, 2007

Withdrawals for MET's Romeo & Juliette

Other cast changes for the upcoming production of Gounod's Roméo et Juliette at the MET, featuring Anna Netrebko and Placido Domingo conducting;
  • Nathan Gunn will not sing Mercutio in the September and October performances; French baritone Stéphane Degout will fill in. Better singing, better diction, I think New Yorkers have a win-win situation here.
  • Rolando Villazón, who already cancelled last month all appearances through October, has withdrawn from his scheduled engagements at least through the end of 2007. That means no appearances as Roméo at all at the MET.
  • That also means no Nemorino in November at Covent Garden in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore. So, what's wrong with you, Rolando?
For the lattest about Rolando Villazón, see here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Opera in crisis? Twilight of the Opera Gods – A personal essay by Jim Pritchard,stars who dropped out of this year's Salzburg Festival, many citing sickness or even depression, causing the organisers untold distress. The list included Russian soprano Anna Netrebko (laryngitis), Mexican tenor, Rolando Villazón (depression), American tenor Neil Shicoff, Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca, Bulgarian mezzo-soprano Vesselina Kasarova, and Magdalena Kozená, the Czech mezzo-soprano and partner of Sir Simon Rattle.