Yusif Eyvazov Takes Over Metropolitan Opera’s ‘The Queen Of Spades’

By Francisco Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera has announced that Aleksandrs Antonenko has canceled the entire run of Tchaikovsky’s “The Queen of Spades.”

The company announced that Antonenko canceled due to illness. As a result, Yusif Eyvazov will takeover performances originally scheduled to be sung by Antonenko on Nov. 29, Dec. 2, and 5, 2019.

Earlier in September, Eyvazov took over three performances for Antonenko scheduled for Dec. 8, 14, and 21. Kristian Benedikt is still set to sing one performance on Dec. 18.

The tenor, who hails from Azerbaijan, was originally only supposed to appear in the New Year’s Eve Gala during the 2019-20 season after a successful run of “La Fanciulla del West” in 2018-19. He made his debut with the company in 2015 in “Turandot” and also performed in “Tosca” in 2017-18. Earlier this season he also appeared in “Turandot” with Christine Goerke in the live in HD.

Additionally, this 2019-20 season Eyvazov’s schedule will include performances of such operas as “Adriana Lecouvreur,” “Il Trovatore,” “Otello,” “Turandot,” “Don Carlo,” and “Aida.”

Eyvazov will sing alongside Larissa Diadkova, Lise Davidsen and Elena Maximova. Vasily Petrenko will conduct.