|Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as Escamillo with Anna Netrebko|
Also joining the cast as the whiny Micaëla is South African soprano Pretty Yende, who won first prize at 2011 Operalia competition. She is replacing Nino Machaidze, who is having her first child with barihunk Guido Loconsolo.
Ildebrando D’Arcangelo sings "Votre toast" from Carmen:
Ildebrando D’Arcangelo is currently singing the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Theater Bonn. There are two performances remaining on June June 29 and July 14. After that, much of his attention will turn to the comic roles of Rossini, with performances as Alidoro in La Cenerentola at the Vienna State Opera, Selim in Il Turco in Italia at the Bavarian State Opera and Mustafa in L'Italiana in Algeri at the Opéra national de Paris.