Lucio Gallo Takes Over Run of ‘Carmen’ At Berlin Staatsoper

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Opera Australia)

Italian bass Ildebrando D’Arcangelo will no longer be performing in the Staatsoper unter der Linden Berlin’s production of “Carmen,” per the official statement on the company’s website.

As a result, baritone Lucio Gallo will take over the full run. Gallo will join a cast that includes Michael Fabiano in the role of Don José, Christiane Karg in the role of Micaëla and Anita Rachvelishvili in the title role. The remaining cast members include Jaka Mihelač, Ziad Nehme, Adam Kutny, Alyona Abramova, Serena Sáenz, Jan Martiník, and Klaus Christian Schreiber.

Daniel Barenboim is set to conduct the production by Martin Kušej.

Lucio Gallo has recently performed the role of Don Pizzaro in “Fidelio” at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, the role of Scarpia in “Tosca” at the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, as well as the role of Michele in “Il Tabarro” at the Metropolitan Opera House, among others.

Gallo is currently performing the title role in the run of Verdi and Boito’s “Falstaff” at the Staatsoper unter der Linden Berlin.

Ildebrando D’Arcangelo is set to be back to the stage in the role of Méphistophélès for the presentations of “Faust” in May at the Opernhaus Zürich.