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And Then There Were None

Post by lennygoran » Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:53 am

More disappointing Tosca news. Regards, Len :(


Bryn Terfel Joins Cast Exodus From Met Opera’s New ‘Tosca’

By MICHAEL 12, 2017


The high-profile new production the Metropolitan Opera is planning to open on New Year’s Eve is Puccini’s “Tosca.” But it is starting to resemble Agatha Christie’s trickle of killings “And Then There Were None.”

Since the Met first announced the new “Tosca” 10 months ago, the David McVicar production has lost its star tenor, Jonas Kaufmann; the soprano singing the title role, Kristine Opolais; its conductor, Andris Nelsons, who is married to Ms. Opolais; and his replacement, James Levine, who was suspended this month after being accused of sexual misconduct.

Now the last remaining star of the originally-announced cast has withdrawn: The Met announced on Tuesday that Bryn Terfel, who had been scheduled to sing the villainous Scarpia, would not perform because he had to take “enforced rest due to vocal fatigue.” He will be replaced by Zeljko Lucic, who will join Sonya Yoncheva as Tosca, Vittorio Grigolo as Cavaradossi and Emmanuel Villaume on the podium. Mr. Lucic has had high-profile Met assignments before, starring in new productions of “Macbeth,” “Rigoletto” and “Otello”; he sang Scarpia with the company in 2015.

It was to have been Mr. Terfel’s first Met appearance in five years. “I am extremely disappointed to have to cancel these performances,” he said in a statement. “I was particularly happy to be returning to the Metropolitan Opera with this exciting new staging, and it is a terrible shame not to be a part of it.”

Mr. Terfel also withdrew from concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra that had been planned for February.



https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/12/arts ... views&_r=0

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Re: And Then There Were None

Post by jbuck919 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:25 am

Great classic move, BTW, And then there were none. Be sure to add it to your list if you have not seen it.

Who knows, Len? The chemistry might just work out.

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Re: And Then There Were None

Post by John F » Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:56 am

Terfel has a long history of canceling for a wide variety of reasons, often at very short notice. He canceled his role debut as Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger for Opera Australia and another role debut as Wozzeck, I think it was the Salzburg Festival, when rehearsals had already begun. (The word was that he was so busy making money in concerts that he hadn't set aside the time to learn those challenging roles.) So it's no surprise that he's deserting that sinking ship - if anything, that he was still on board this late.
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Re: And Then There Were None

Post by lennygoran » Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:11 pm

jbuck919 wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:25 am
Who knows, Len? The chemistry might just work out.
John I agree-I'm not scared off by all the defections-still looking forward to it. Regards, Len

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