Roderick Cox to Conduct Metropolitan Opera’s ‘Il Barbiere di Siviglia’

By Francisco Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera has announced that Roderick Cox will conduct “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” during the 2020-21 season.

In a statement, the conductor said, “I am thrilled to announce my debut with The Metropolitan Opera in Rossini’s ‘Il Barbiere di Siviglia,’ March 2021. I adore this opera, and I am indeed honored and humbled to be able to perform it with two amazing casts next spring at the MET and San Francisco Opera. I just hope we are all able to return to the stage very soon and that our dear MET Orchestra Musicians may also return to work in January.”

Cox will make his Metropolitan Opera debut leading five performances with a cast that includes Brenda Rae, Michele Angelini, Adam Plachetka, and James Morris.

The conductor is a winner of the 2018 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award by the U.S Solti Foundation, the Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize from the Aspen Music Festival, and the Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra. He has led performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, and Philharmonia Orchestra in London.

“Il Barbiere di Siviglia” opens on March 5 and runs through March 20, 2021.