Royal Opera House Announces Cast Changes for ‘Tosca,’ ‘Lohengrin’ & ‘Don Pasquale’

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Royal Opera House official website)

The Royal Opera House has announced multiple cast changes for its upcoming productions of Puccini’s “Tosca,” Wagner’s “Lohengrin,” and Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale.”

Per an official press release, Oksana Lyniv will conduct the full run of Tosca in 2021, replacing Francesco Ivan Ciampa who was due to conduct the performances on Dec. 11, 14 & 17. Lyniv will lead two casts, with Bryan Hymel and Freddie de Tommaso alternating as Cavaradossi, Alexey Markov and Claudio Sgura alternating as Scarpia, and Elena Stikhina and Anna Pirozzi in the title role.

The 2021 run of Tosca opens on Dec. 8, 2021, and is set to end on Dec. 22, 2021.

Meanwhile, Lithuanian bass-baritone Kostas Smoriginas has withdrawn from the production of Wagner’s “Lohengrin.” As a result, American bass-baritone Craig Colclough will take over the role of Telramund. Colclough joins a cast that includes Jennifer Davis, Anna Smirnova, Maida Hundeling, Gábor Bretz, Derek Welton, and Brandon Jovanovich in the title role. Jakub Hrůša conducts a production by David Alden.

“Lohengrin” opens on April 19 and is set to run through May 14, 2022.

Finally, the opera house announced that Italian bass-baritone Ildebrando D’Arcangelo will not be appearing in the title role in Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale.” As a result, Lucio Gallo and Sir Bryn Terfel will alternate in the title role. Gallo and Terfel join a cast that includes Pretty Yende, Zuzana Marková, Xabier Anduaga, and Andrzej Filonczyk. Giacomo Sagripanti conducts a production by Damiano Michieletto.

The opera opens on May 3, and is set to run through May 20, 2022.