26 January 2016

Jonas Kaufmann Withdraws From Upcoming Met Performances of New Manon Lescaut; Roberto Alagna to Sing des Grieux

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA announced today that tenor Jonas Kaufmann has withdrawn from the company's upcoming performances of its new production of Manon Lescaut due to illness. 

Kaufmann will be replaced by tenor Roberto Alagna, who is currently at the Met singing Canio in performances of Pagliacci. Alagna, who will make his role debut as des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, will be forced to withdraw from the Met's remaining performances of Pagliacci in order to prepare the Puccini role in time for the February 12 opening. Alagna previously learned the role of des Grieux for 2006 performances that were cancelled. Consequently, Marco Berti, who is currently singing Calàf in Met performances of Turandot, will make his role debut as Canio replacing Alagna in the Pagliacci performances. 

Kaufmann's last appearances at the Met came during the winter of 2014, when he sang the title role in performances of Massenet's Werther. Last season he canceled performances as Don José in Carmen. Carnegie Hall also announced today that Kaufmann has canceled a solo recital that had been slated for Sunday afternoon. 

Richard Eyre’s production of Manon Lescaut stars Kristine Opolais in the title role. The production premieres at the Met on February 12 and will play for nine performances through March 11 under the baton of Fabio Luisi. The March 5 performance will be transmitted as part of the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD program. 

More information can be found at The Metropolitan Opera

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