Teatro dell’Opera di Roma Announces Cast Change for ‘Rigoletto’

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera)

The Teatro dell’Opera di Roma has announced a cast change for its upcoming “Rigoletto.”

The company announced that Roberto Frontali will take over the title role in Verdi’s masterpiece for Luca Salsi. In a statement, Salsi noted that on July 6 he lost his voice and was told to not sing for seven days. He added that due to Opera di Roma’s rules, he would not be able to participate in the opening of “Rigoletto” even if his voice was in shape for the production.

Frontali began his career at the Rome Opera in 1986 and has performed the title role in the Verdi opera at the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro Real, Teatro la Fenice, and Teatro Regio di Torino.

The baritone joins a cast that includes Rosa Feola,  Iván Ayón Rivas, Martina Belli, and Riccardo Zanellato. Daniele Gatti conducts the new production by Damiano Michieletto.

Salsi is set to return to the stage for two gala concerts at the Arena di Verona and a recital at the Festival Valle d’Itria.

“Rigoletto” opens on July 16 and runs through July 20. The production will be streamed on Rai.