5 December 2017

Metropolitan Opera Taps Dallas Opera Music Director Emmanuel Villaume to Lead Upcoming Tosca Performances

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA announced today that it has tapped conductor Emmanuel Villaume, music director of the Dallas Opera and chief conductor of the Prague Philharmonia, to lead performances of the company's new production of Puccini's Tosca, which is slated to premiere at the Met on New Year's Eve. 

Villaume, who recently paced performances of Massenet's Thaïs at the Met, replaces James Levine for the performances scheduled for December 31, 2017, January 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 23 and 27 2018. Villaume made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2004 leading performances of Madama Butterfly, and has subsequently appeared on the Met podium pacing performances of Samson et Dalila, Carmen, Manon and Roméo et Juliette

The Met's new production of Tosca is being staged by Sir David McVicar, and will feature soprano Sonya Yoncheva in the title role, Vittorio Grigolo as Cavaradossi and Bryn Terfel as Scarpia during the production's winter run. The matinée performance on January 27 will be transmitted to movie theaters worldwide as part of the Met's Live in HD series. The spring run of Tosca performances, slated for April and May, will feature Anna Netrebko in the title role opposite the Cavaradossi of Marcelo Álvarez, with Michael Volle and Željko Lučić sharing the role of Scarpia. Those spring performances are to be conducted by Bertrand de Billy. Gareth Morrell will conduct the Tosca performance on January 18, 2018. spacer 

More information can be found at www.metopera.org.

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