Paul Plishka Announces Retirement

By Francisco Salazar

Paul Plishka has announced he will retire.

The beloved Metropolitan Opera veteran told the New York Times that after this Saturday’s performance of “La Boheme,” he will call it quits.

Plishka, now 76, had announced back in 2012 that he would retire but that did not work out when his colleague John Del Carlo passed away.

After 50 years and what will be 1,672 performances at the Met, Plishka will be the ninth most prolific performer in the company’s history.

For years Plishka sang numerous leading roles at the Met including the title role of “Falstaff,” King Philip in “Don Carlo,” the title role of “Boris Godunov,” and Leporello in “Don Giovanni.” He was also very famous for performing the roles of Benoit and Alcindoro in “La Bohème.”