Michael Todd Simpson Replaces Eric Owens in ‘L’Amour de Loin’

By Francisco Salazar

In today’s performance of “L’Amour de Loin,” the role of Jaufré will be sung by Michael Todd Simpson, replacing Eric Owens, who is ill.

This season the baritone has performed at the Metropolitan Opera for the new production of Rossini’s “Guillaume Tell” and returns as Escamillo in Bizet’s “Carmen.” He is also slated to sing at the Palm Beach Opera as the Pirate King in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzanz.”

Simpson made his Met Opera debut in 2009 in Offenbach’s “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” alongside Joseph Calleja, Kate Lindsey and Anna Netrebko. He has also performed in Massenet’s “Manon” and Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with the company.

Owens received rave reviews for his performance as Jaufre and Operawire wrote his “legato throughout was polished, perfectly embodying the troubadour Prince.”

Eric Owens returns to sing the final performance on Dec. 29.