Metropolitan Opera Announces Major Cast Change for Tonight’s ‘Rigoletto’

By David Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera has announced that baritone Michael Chioldi will be taking on the lead role in Verdi’s “Rigoletto.”

Chioldi will take over for Quinn Kelsey who debuted the new production by Bartlett Sher on New Year’s Eve. The announcement was made via the company’s social media page and no reason was given for the replacement.

This will be the first time Chioldi sings a lead role at the Met. He previously debuted with the company in 1996 in a production of “Andrea Chénier.” He also appeared in productions of “Carmen,” “Roméo et Juliette,” “Faust,” and “Madama Butterfly.” This performance of “Rigoletto” represents his first at the Met since 1997 per the company’s official archives.

Chioldi joins a cast starring Piotr Beczala and Rosa Feola.