Giampaolo Bisanti to Take Over ‘Tosca’ Performances in Munich

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Photo Credit: Wiener Staatsoper/Giampaolo Maria Bisanti)

Conductor Andrea Battistoni has withdrawn from the production of Puccini, Giacosa and Illica’s “Tosca” at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich due to illness.

As a result, Giampaolo Bisanti will conduct in his stead for performances on Feb. 17 & 20, 2020. Bisanti will lead the cast that includes Anja Harteros in the title role, Joseph Calleja as Mario Cavaradossi, and Erwin Schrott in the role of Baron Scarpia. The cast will be rounded out by Bálint Szabó, Martin Snell, Kevin Conners, Christian Rieger and Christian Valle.

Bisanti recently conducted Verdi and Piave’s “La Traviata” and “Macbeth” at the Wiener Staatsoper, Puccini, Giacosa and Illica’s “La Bohème” at the Bayerische Staatsoper, as well as Giordano and Illica’s “Andrea Chénier” at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, among others.

Bisanti just completed a run of Verdi and Somma’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” at the Fondazione Petruzzelli in Bari.

Battistoni is still set to conduct the final performance of “Tosca” at the Bayerische Staatsoper on Feb. 23.