Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Change for ‘Tosca’

By Francisco Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera has announced a cast change for Puccini’s “Tosca.”

The company said that for the performances of Puccini’s “Tosca” on Oct. 4, 8, 11, and 15, the role of Scarpia will be sung by Luca Salsi. For the performances on Oct. 19, 24, 27, 31, and November 4, the role will be sung by George Gagnidze. Both baritones will replace John Lundgren who was set to make his Met debut.

Salsi has performed the role of Scarpia at the Teatro alla Scala and is set to perform in productions of “Aida” “La Traviata,” and “Rigoletto” at the Metropolitan Opera. Gagnidze has performed the role of Scarpia in two productions of “Tosca” at the Met. This season he is set to perform “Aida” at the Met.

Salsi and Gagnidze will join a cast that includes Aleksandra Kurzak, Roberto Alagna and Michael Fabiano. Carlo Rizzi conducts.