Placido Domingo Will Miss First Five TOSCA Performances at the Met for Surgery
Plácido Domingo, currently at the Met to conduct TOSCA, was admitted to the hospital yesterday, suffering from cholecystitis, or inflammation of the gallbladder. He is scheduled to undergo a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) early next week, and it is expected that this minimally invasive procedure will allow him to resume his activities after a brief hospital stay.
Marco Armiliato will lead this Friday evening's opening performance of TOSCA, and Paolo Carignani will conduct the performances on October 21, 24 matinee, 29, and November 2.
Domingo is expected to make a full recovery in time to conduct the performance on November 6, as well as the three later performances for which he was originally scheduled: November 14 matinee, 18, and 21. In April, he will return to the Met to the reprise his acclaimed portrayal of the title role in Verdi's Simon BOCCANEGRA.
Marco Armiliato also conducts Donizetti's ANNA BOLENA and Verdi's IL TROVATORE at the Met this season. He has led nearly 400 Met performances since his 1998 debut, including 18 performances of TOSCA, which he led most recently in the company's 2013-14 season.
Paolo Carignani is conducting this season's Met revivals of two other Puccini operas, TURANDOT and LA BOHÈME. He made his Met debut in 2008 conducting Verdi's La Traviata and has also led company performances of Verdi's AIDA and NABUCCO. In recent seasons, he has conducted TOSCA at the Vienna State Opera, Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu, Canadian Opera Company, and Paris Opera.
This season's performances of TOSCA star Oksana Dyka, Angela Gheorghiu, Maria Guleghina, and Liudmyla Monastyrska in the title role; Roberto Aronica and Marcello Giordani as Cavaradossi; Roberto Frontali, eljko Lui, James Morris, and Marco Vratogna as Scarpia; and John Del Carlo as the Sacristan.
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