OPERA NEWS - Vittorio Grigolo to Replace Jonas Kaufmann in Met's New Tosca Next Season
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3 March 2017

Vittorio Grigolo to Replace Jonas Kaufmann in Met's New Tosca Next Season

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Grigolo, set to sing Cavaradossi in the Met's new Tosca
Photographed by Ball & Albanese at New York City’s Columbus Citizens Foundation

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA has announced that tenor Vittorio Grigolo has been tapped to sing Cavaradossi in next season’s new production of Tosca, replacing Jonas Kaufmann, who was reportedly unable to meet his commitments for the new staging’s rehearsal and performance schedule. 

Grigolo will make his role debut as Cavaradossi when the Met's new production of Puccini's opera—directed by David McVicar—premieres on New Year’s Eve. The show will star Kristine Opolais in the title role and Bryn Terfel will sing Scarpia; Andris Nelsons conducts the performances. 

"Our disappointment in losing Jonas was quickly reversed at the prospect of Vittorio singing Cavaradossi," said Met general manager Peter Gelb in a statement issued by the company. "This season, Vittorio has proven himself to be one of opera's most thrilling performers.”

“I very much love singing at the Met and for its wonderful audience,” Kaufmann said in a statement issued by his managers. “But I feel that I cannot allow myself to have such long periods away from my family at this time. I look forward to returning to the Met in the near future. I also look forward to my appearances at Carnegie Hall next season in a recital and as soloist with the Boston Symphony.”

Kaufmann, 47, last performed at the Met in 2014, when he sang the title role in the company’s then-new production of Werther. In 2015, Kaufmann cancelled Met performances as Don José in Carmen, and, in January of 2016, the German tenor withdrew from the company’s then-new production of Manon Lescaut. He was likewise absent from the roster during the current Met season. In October 2016, Kaufmann cancelled a number of performances in Europe and went on a six-month period of imposed vocal rest after suffering a hematoma on his vocal cords. 

Grigolo, who made his Met debut in 2010 as Rodolfo in La Bohème, has been winning plaudits this season for his performances in a new production of Roméo et Juliette and in the company’s revival of Richard Eyre’s production of Werther. Next season, in addition to Cavaradossi, he will take on the title role in the company’s production of Les Contes d’Hoffmannspacer

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