Carl Tanner Replaces Stuart Skelton In ‘Otello’

By Francisco Salazar

Stuart Skelton has canceled opening night of Verdi’s “Otello” at the Metropolitan Opera.

The Metropolitan Opera announced that due to illnes Skelton would not perform the title role. As a result, Carl Tanner will sing the role.

Tanner has been at the Met this season covering “Samson et Dalila” and “Il Tabarro.”The tenor recently performed the role of “Otello” at the Savonlinna Festival and the Bolshoi Theatre. He made his Met debut in 2010 as Dick Johnson in “La Fanciulla del West” and has since performed leading roles with the company including Radames in “Aida” and Turridu in “Cavalleria Rusticana.”

Tanner joins a cast that includes Sonya Yoncheva and Zeljko Lucic. Gustavo Dudamel conducts in his Met debut.

Skelton is expected to return to the production on Dec. 17, 2018.