Javier Camarena Cancels Third Performance Of Semiramide

(Credit: Javier del Real) Javier Camarena returns to 'I Puritani' at the Metropolitan Opera.

For the third evening of the Metropolitan Opera’s revival of “Semiramide,” Javier Camarena has canceled.

The tenor who also canceled the second performance announced on Feb. 24 that due to a cough he would not be able to sing. As a result, Robert McPherson will perform the role of Idreno, which he had previously done with the Vlaamse Opera and on tour at the Edinburgh Festival.

McPherson has performed numerous Rossini roles to critical acclaim including Arbace in “Ciro in Babilonia” at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Lindoro in “L’italiana in Algeri” with Opéra de Toulon and Florentine Opera. McPherson also performed Narciso in “Il Turco in Italia” with Tacoma Opera. The tenor has been on the Metropolitan Opera roster as an understudy for productions of “I Puritani” and “Il Barbiere di Siviglia.”

Javier Camarena is expected to return for the remainder of performances which include an HD showcase on March 10. The next performance is on Saturday.


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FRANCISCO SALAZAR, (Publisher) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he has had the privilege of interviewing numerous opera stars including Anita Rachvelshvili and Ailyn Perez. He also worked as an entertainment reporter where he covered the New York and Tribeca Film Festivals and interviewed many celebrities such as Antonio Banderas, Edgar Ramirez and Benedict Cumberbatch. He currently freelances for Remezcla. He holds a Masters in Media Management from the New School and a Bachelor's in Film Production and Italian studies from Hofstra University.

4 Comments on "Javier Camarena Cancels Third Performance Of Semiramide"

  1. AWFUL performance by McPherson as Idreno last night. He’s nowhere near the ample sound or quality of Camarena. He was shaky, completely inaudible at moments, and just awful-sounding, overall. This type of squeally and tiny tenorino voice and lack of technical ability has no business being on the Met’s stage. I guess they were really scraping the bottom of the barrel for an understudy…..

  2. Robert McPherson | March 4, 2018 at 3:41 am | Reply

    Thank you so much for your kindness and support!

    • I heard the Feb 28 performance, and while everything, including the orchestra/ensemble singing, was shaky to start, it got much better as the evening progressed. Did you notice that the conductor was “new” as well and took a while to settle into the tempi? I think these specialized bel canto singing roles demand more respect. Hats off to anyone who steps in at the last minute to sing Rossini and carries off the spirit of their role. I’ve been to lots of operas in lots of venues. Thank you – and everyone else involved – for making my first live performance of Semiramide memorable.

      • Robert McPherson | March 7, 2018 at 4:14 pm | Reply

        Thank you! Bel Canto is always a challenge and you feel like anything can create disaster. But that’s also the attraction. There IS danger. I believe that’s what makes it exciting. I’m glad you were there and that it was a “memorable” evening.

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