Detroit Opera Announces Major Cast Change for ‘Aida’

By David Salazar

Detroit Opera has announced a major cast change for its concert performance of Verdi’s “Aida.”

The company revealed that Alfred Walker will be taking on the role of Amonasro for the December 30 performance, replacing Reginald Smith, Jr., who has withdrawn due to illness.

Walker previously appeared in Detroit Opera’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” in 2021. His 2022-23 season will see him appear with such companies as San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Boston Philharmonic, among others. He has also performed with such companies as Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, Washington Concert Opera, Theater Basel, North Carolina Opera, Utah Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Seattle Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Den Norske Opera, and Komische Oper, among many others.

Walker joins a cast that stars Angel Blue, Christine Goerke, Riccardo Massi, Morris Robinson, Kenneth Kellogg, Melanie Spector, and Leo Williams. Jonathan Heyward conducts the performance.

Per Operabase, Smith, Jr. will return to the stage this January for performances of “Tosca” at Opera Memphis, followed by appearances with Fort Worth Opera, The Cleveland Opera, and Santa Fe Opera.