FRANCESCA DI RIMINI Returns for Its First Met Performances in 27 Years
Paolo will be the 27th role in Marcello Giordani's extensive Met repertory. He made his Met debut in 1995 as Rodolfo in Puccini'sLa Bohème, the role he has sung most frequently with the company. His many other appearances include the title roles in the Met premieres of both Bellini's Il Pirata and Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini and leading roles in three other new production premieres: Pinkerton in Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Enrico in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, and the title role in Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust. Earlier this season, he sang Calàf in Puccini's Turandot and Aeneas in Berlioz's Les Troyens. This spring, he sings Eléazar in Halévy's La Juive at Dresden Semperoper.
Robert Brubaker has sung 12 roles at the Met, most recently Mime in Wagner's Das Rheingold and Siegfried, the Witch in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, and Mao Tse-Tung in the Met premiere of John Adams's Nixon in China. Later this season, he will sing Mime in a complete Ring cycle at the Met and a new production of Siegfried in Palermo, and sing in a double bill of Puccini's Il Tabarroand Leoncavallo's Pagliacci at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis.
Mark Delavan's past performances with the Met include Amonasro in Verdi's Aida, the role of his debut; Carlo Gérard in Andrea Chénier; Alfio in Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana; Don Carlo in Verdi's La Forza del Destino; Scarpia in Tosca; and the title roles in Verdi's Nabucco and Simon Boccanegra. Later this season, he sings Wotan in the Ring cycle at both the Met (in his company role debut) and Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the Dutchman in Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer with Arizona Opera.
Marco Armiliato has led performances of 21 operas by a variety of composers over his 15-year Met career. Last season, he conducted the company premiere of Donizetti's Anna Bolena as well as performances of Verdi's Ernani and Aida, Puccini's Madama Butterfly, and Rossini's IL Barbiere di Siviglia. Later this season, he will conduct performances of Verdi's Rigoletto at the Met and the Munich Festival; Giordano's Andrea Chénier at the Vienna State Opera; and Puccini's La Rondine at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.