Bryn Terfel Exits Met Opera ‘Tosca’ Completing Cast Overhaul

By David Salazar

The cast change is complete and all the leads for the Met Opera’s upcoming production of “Tosca” have now been replaced.

Per the Met’s Twitter account, “For performances of Tosca on Dec 31 2017; Jan 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 23, 27 2018; the role of Scarpia will be sung by Željko Lučić, replacing Sir Bryn Terfel, who is ill. #CastChange.”

“I am extremely disappointed to have to cancel these performances,” said Terfel said in a press release. “I was particularly happy to be returning to the Metropolitan Opera with this exciting new staging, and it is a terrible shame not to be a part of it.”

In turn George Gagnidze will replace Lučić for five performances he had of “Cavalleria Rusticana,” as the Serbian baritone was set to take on the role of Alfio. He will still appear in the final two performances of the run.

This marks the complete overhaul of the originally announced cast which included Kristine Opolais, Terfel, Jonas Kaufmann, and conductor Andris Nelsons.

Kaufmann was the first to leave, citing issues with the rehearsal schedule. Vittorio Grigolo replaced him. Then Opolais and Nelsons left rather abruptly. Sonya Yoncheva and James Levine came in as replacements. Then Levine’s past came to haunt him as allegations of sexual misconduct got out. He was replaced. Now it is Terfel’s turn to take his early exit.

The production kicks off on New Years Eve.