Metropolitan Opera Preview 2016-17: Roberto Alagna Becomes Third ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ In Met History

By David Salazar

On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, the Metropolitan Opera will revive Alfano’s “Cyrano de Bergerac.”

The opera doesn’t have a massive history with the company, its first ever performance with the company coming only a decade ago. On May 13, 2005, Alfano’s masterwork got its Metropolitan Opera premiere, a rather shocking surprise considering the opera’s premiere took place in 1936.

The Met production by Francesca Zambello was a vehicle for Plácido Domingo, who starred in the title role. As Roxanne Sondra Radvonovsky made waves while Raymond Very took on Christian. De Guiche was played by Anthony Michaels-Moore.

Domingo would sing three performances that season and the opera would be revived a year later with Antonio Barasorda in the title role for three performances. The other main cast members remained very much the same.

Barasorda would only sing three performances as Domingo would take over for the final three performances of the run. The performance on March 8, 2006, would feature Cynthia Lawrence as Roxane, Fernando de la Mora as Christian and Kim Josephson as De Guiche.

Marco Armiliato has conducted every single one of the nine performances of the opera at the Met thus far and will also be the man behind all four performances to close out the season.

Roberto Alagna will finally bring his famed portrayal to the opera he considers “most beautiful” while Jennifer Rowley will make her role debut after stepping in for Patricia Racette (OperaWire had a fun interview with her regarding the process of learning the role on demand). Atalla Ayan takes on Christian and Juan Jesús Rodríguez will be De Guiche.