Angela Gheorghiu, Anita Hartig, Simon Keenlyside Among Casting Additions for Metropolitan Opera 2021 Season

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Marty Sohl / Ken Howard)

The Metropolitan Opera has announced new casts for its added performances in February.

In the company’s production of Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” Michele Angelini will sing the role of Almaviva and James Morris will take over the role of Basilio.  They will join a cast that includes Brenda Rae and Joshua Hopkins for performances running between March 5 and 20, 2021. A conductor has yet to be announced.

On Feb. 8 and 11, Rafael Davila will sing the role of Don José in Bizet’s “Carmen” alongside Varduhi Abrahamyan and Susanna Phillips. Christian Van Horn will also perform on the same dates in the role of Escamillo. A conductor for performances taking place between Feb. 8 and 27 has yet to be announced.

For performances of Verdi’s “La Traviata” between Jan. 31 and Feb. 6, Anita Hartig will sing the title role and Simon Keenlyside will make a rare Metropolitan Opera appearance in the role of Giorgio Germont. They will join the previously announced Stephen Costello and Dmytro Popov.

For February performances of “La Bohème,” Angela Gheorghiu will sing one performance on Feb. 13 while Nicole Car will perform between Feb. 16 and 25, 2021. Pavel Valuzhin will make his Met debut as Rodolfo, performing on Feb. 2 through 13. Other cast members for February performances include Adam Plachetka, Etienne Dupuis, Iurii Samoilov, and Christina Van Horn.