The Metropolitan Opera has just announced a major cast change – Jay Hunter Morris will not perform “Der fliegende Holländer” this season.
The tenor first became a star at the Met when he saved the day during the company’s Ring Cycle premiere, taking on the role of Siegfried when Gary Lehman canceled eight days before the opening of the massive undertaking.
Since then, Hunter Morris has retained a relatively low profile at the Met, making this run of Wagner’s early masterwork hotly anticipated.
But now he will be replaced by AJ Glueckert in his Metropolitan Opera debut. The tenor is actually a two-time winner of the regional Met National Auditions and an alumnus of the 2012 Merola Opera Program.
This season has been a triumph for the tenor as he joined the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt, taking on such operas as “Martha,” “Carmen,” “Stiffelio” and “Der fliegende Holländer.” The latter run will actually come after the Met Opera performances, those showcases set for late June. He will also appear at Glyndebourne in “Ariadne auf Naxos.”
Among his major career highlights are the San Francisco Opera world premiere of Adamos’ “The Gospel of Mary Magdalene” and the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ acclaimed “Silent Night.”