Metropolitan Opera 2018-19 Preview: Fun Facts About Sondra Radvanovsky & The Cast of ‘Tosca’

By David Salazar

Tosca” is one of the more popular operas in the entire repertory and this season it will be returning to the Met Opera for a total of 13 performances throughout the months of October, November, March, and April.

There are two main casts across the two runs, distinguished by the two leading ladies in the title role.

However, the remainder of the cast is intriguing for a number of reasons.

Radvanovsky gets the first at-bat in the run and this will also be her first set of performances in this production, which had its premiere last season. The soprano, slated for seven performances between Oct. 25 and Nov. 17, has already authored 11 showcases in the title role. She had six performances in 2011, followed by another five in 2013, both in the Luc Bondy productions; this is her second production of “Tosca” at the Met. She has 206 performances at the Met to date since her debut in 1995.

When the opera returns in March and April, Jennifer Rowley will take over the run for six performances. Rowley has appeared at the Met 21 times in four different roles, including “Tosca;” she had two performances as the diva at the Met, both of them coming in 2018. She has originally scheduled a lone performance on Jan. 12, 2018 (reviewed here) but also stepped in for an ailing Anna Netrebko on May 4, 2018. She has showcased her talents in four different roles at the Met to date including Leonora in “Il Trovatore,” Roxane in “Cyrano de Bergerac,” and Musetta in “La Bohème.”

This is the first time that Met Opera-goers will see tenor Joseph Calleja take on the role of Cavaradossi at the famed theater. This will be his 10th role at the Met after such roles as Pollione in “Norma,” Il Duca di Mantua in “Rigoletto,” the title role in “Faust,” Rodolfo in “La Bohème,” Gabriele Adorno in “Simon Boccanegra,” Edgardo in “Lucia di Lammermoor,” Nemorino in “L’Elisir d’Amore (he only has one such performance at the Met in this role),” Hoffmann in “Les Contes d’Hoffmann,” and Macduff in “Macbeth.”

Assuming he sings all 13 performance he is scheduled for, the tenor will have accumulated 96 performances at the Met since his debut in 2006.

As for the baritones, both Wolfgang Koch and Claudio Sgura will be making their Met Opera debuts, the latter signed on for one performance on Nov. 13. Zeljko Lucic performs opening night on Oct. 25, 2018. Koch, who was originally set to perform in the fall, is now scheduled only for the March and April performances.