Breaking News: Roberto Aronica To Sing Final Performance of ‘Carmen’

By Francisco Salazar

Roberto Aronica will sing the final performance of Bizet’s “Carmen” on Feb. 18.

He will replace Marcelo Álvarez, who is ill.

Aronica stepped in for the previous Feb 7, 11 and 15 performances after Rafael Davila filled in for two performances including the opening night. Álvarez sang three performances of the run but opted out of finishing it.

Aronica made his Met debut as Alfredo in Verdi’s “La Traviata” in 1998. Since then he has performed Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” Puccini’s “La Boheme” and “Madama Butterfly” with the company. His most recent appearance at the Met last season was when he stepped in for Massimo Giordano as Cavaradossi in Puccini’s “Tosca” alongside Angela Gheorghiu. The tenor recently performed Pollione in Bellini’s “Norma” at the Teatro Real de Madrid as well as the title role in Verdi’s “Stiffelio” in Bilbao. He is next scheduled to appear at the Teatro di San Carlo as Des Grieux in Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” and as Don Jose at the Teatro dell’ Opera di Roma.

Álvarez is scheduled to return to the Metropolitan Opera next season in Puccini’s “Turandot” and “Tosca.” Aronica will return next season for a revival of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.”