Michael Todd Simpson Replaces Eric Owens in ‘L’Amour de Loin’

In today’s performance of “L’Amour de Loin,” the role of Jaufré will be sung by Michael Todd Simpson, replacing Eric Owens, who is ill.

This season the baritone has performed at the Metropolitan Opera for the new production of Rossini’s “Guillaume Tell” and returns as Escamillo in Bizet’s “Carmen.” He is also slated to sing at the Palm Beach Opera as the Pirate King in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzanz.”

Simpson made his Met Opera debut in 2009 in Offenbach’s “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” alongside Joseph Calleja, Kate Lindsey and Anna Netrebko. He has also performed in Massenet’s “Manon” and Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with the company.

Owens received rave reviews for his performance as Jaufre and Operawire wrote his “legato throughout was polished, perfectly embodying the troubadour Prince.”

Eric Owens returns to sing the final performance on Dec. 29.

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Francisco Salazar
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.

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