Quinn Kelsey Set for Metropolitan Opera's LA TRAVIATA

The role of Giorgio Germont in Verdi's La Traviata will be sung by American baritone Quinn Kelsey on January 14 and by Russian baritone Alexei Markov on January 17, 21, and 24, replacing Ludovic Tézier, who is continuing to recover from an illness.

Kelsey has already sung all performances of Germont in this season's initial run of La Traviata that began on December 11. He made his Met debut in 2008 in the role of Schaunard in Puccini's La Bohème. His other roles at the Met include Monterone in Rigoletto in 2011 and Marcello in La Bohème earlier this season. He has previously sung Germont with the San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Seoul Arts Center.

Markov made his Met debut as Andrei Bolkonsky in Prokofiev's War and Peace in 2007 and has since returned to the house as Marcello in La Bohème, Valentin in Faust, Tomsky in Queen of Spades, Di Luna in Il Trovatore, and Shchelkalov in Boris Godunov. He stars as Robert in the new production Met premiere of Tchaikovsky's Iolanta opening on January 26. Markov has previously sung Giorgio Germont with the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The performances of La Traviata beginning January 14 also star Sonya Yoncheva as Violetta, in her Met role debut, and Francesco Demuro as Alfredo Germont. Marco Armiliato conducts.

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