27 January 2009

Met Futures: 2009-10 season falling into place

We bring some more updates to the 2009-10 Met season from our intrepid research team of Brad and Wilber. (Formal announcement of the upcoming season is reported to be earlier than expected--sometime in February, rather than March.)

For Tosca, George Gagnidze joins Juha Uusitalo and Bryn Terfel as Scarpia. Uusitalo will be Scarpia on opening night. Also, Marcello Giordani will join the cast in later performances as Cavaradossi.

For Il Trittico, Stephanie Blythe reprises Frugola/Principessa/Zita, while Heidi Grant Murphy reprises Suor Genovieffa.

For Stiffelio, Angela Marambio has been added to the cast as Lina.

For Armida, the six tenor roles have been assigned as follows: Lawrence Brownlee is Rinaldo, Bruce Ford is Goffredo, Jose Manuel Zapata is Gernando, Barry Banks is Carlo, Kobie van Rensburg is Ubaldo, and Javier Camarena is Eustazio.

In addition, the 2010-11 Met season gets the following updates: For Le Comte Ory, Stephane Degout sings Raimbaud, while Michele Pertusi has been assigned the role of The Tutor.