Saturday, February 11, 2012

Leporello cast change for Met's "Don Giovanni"

Kyle Ketelsen as Escamillo

The Metropolitan Opera has announced a major cast change involving two barihunks. Barihunk Kyle Ketelsen and international superstar Bryn Terfel will replace barihunk John Relyea in the upcoming run of Mozart's Don Giovanni. Ketelsen and Terfel will each sing four performances of Leporello after Relyea's doctor recommended  vocal rest for the Canadian singer after a run as Attila at the Seattle Opera.

Ketelsen will sing the role on February 21, 24, 29, and March 3; Terfel will sing the role on March 7, 10mat, 14, and 17.

Elina Garanca & John Relyea in Carmen

Ketelsen made his Met debut in 2006 as Angelotti in Tosca and later this season will sing the role of Mr. Flint in the revival of Billy Budd. He has sung Leporello at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatre Liceu in Barcelona, Los Angeles Opera, and the Aix-en-Provence Festival. Earlier this season he sang Escamillo in Carmen with the Teatro Comunale of Bologna on tour in Japan, followed by appearances at the Houston Grand Opera as Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Fernando in Fidelio.

Kyle Ketelsen sings Leporello's "Madamina, il catalogo è questo":

Don Giovanni, a new production by Michael Grandage that premiered in October, is conducted by Andrew Davis and stars Gerald Finley in the title role, Marina Rebeka as Donna Anna, Ellie Dehn as Donna Elvira, Isabel Leonard as Zerlina, Matthew Polenzani as Don Ottavio, Shenyang as Masetto, and James Morris as the Commendatore.


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