The Metropolitan Opera has announced a cast change for its HD performance of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.”
The company announced that Bruce Sledge will sing Pinkerton in the Nov. 9 performance replacing Andrea Carè, who is ill.
Sledge will make his Met Opera HD debut. He made his Met debut in 2003 in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” and has performed in productions of “The Tempest,” “Cosi fan tutte,” “Don Giovanni” and “Rigoletto.” The tenor has performed at the Canadian Opera Company, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Welsh National Opera, and Santa Fe Opera. He is set to sing Rossini’s’ “Bianca e Falliero” at the Oper Frankfurt.
The tenor joins a cast that includes Hui He, Elizabeth DeShong, and Paulo Szot. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts the performance.
Carè returns to the production on Nov. 13 and sings through Nov. 25, 2019. He also returns to the Met in April for four more performances of “Madama Butterfly.”