Emmanuel Villaume Replaces James Levine In Tosca

By Francisco Salazar

Emmanuel Villaume will conduct the new production of “Tosca” on New Year’s Eve.

The Metropolitan Opera announced that Villaume will conduct the opening performance on Dec. 31, 2017, and Jan. 3, 6, 9, 12, 23, and 27, 2018, replacing James Levine after being suspended due to sexual misconduct.

Later performances on April 21, 26 and 30, and May 4, 8 and 12, 2018, whixh are set to star Anna Netrebko in the title role opposite Marcelo Álvarez as Cavaradossi and Michael Volle and Željko Lučić sharing the role of Scarpia are set to be conducted by Bertrand de Billy, who was originally announced.

Meanwhile, Gareth Morrell will conduct the performance on Jan. 18, 2018 while the conductor for the Jan. 15 performance will be announced at a later date.

Villaume recently conducted Massenet’s “Thaïs” at the Met and is Music Director of the Dallas Opera and Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Prague Philharmonia. He made his Met debut in 2004 conducting Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” and his subsequent performances with the company have included Saint-Saëns’s “Samson et Dalila,” Bizet’s “Carmen,” Massenet’s “Manon” and Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette.”

Sir David McVicar directs the new production of “Tosca” which is set to star Sonya Yoncheva as Tosca, Vittorio Grigolo as Cavaradossi, and Bryn Terfel as Scarpia.