L’ELISIR D’AMORE (Gaetano Donizetti)
27, 30 May, 3, 6 June 2017
Due to medical reasons, Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón has withdrawn from singing the role of Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore on 27 and 30 May, and 3 and 6 June. The role of Nemorino will now be sung on those dates by Armenian tenor Liparit Avetisyan. He made his Royal Opera debut earlier this Season as Alfredo Germont (La traviata) with support from the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation Cover Awards. His many roles with Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet include Alfredo Germont (La traviata) and Don José (Carmen).Recent appearances elsewhere include Rodolfo (La bohème) in Frankfurt, Fenton (Falstaff) in Cologne and Alfredo Germont for Opera Australia. He has also sung Des Grieux (Manon), Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Prince (The Love for Three Oranges) for the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre.
The rest of the cast remains unchanged with Pretty Yende as Adina, Alex Esposito as Dulcamara, Paolo Bordogna as Belcore and Vlada Boroko as Giannetta. As previously scheduled, Ivan Magri sings Nemorino on 11 June with this cast. Bertrand de Billy conducts all performances.
There will be further performances of L’elisir d’amore on 13, 16, 19 and 22 June with Roberto Alagna as Nemorino, Aleksandra Kurzak as Adina and Adam Plachetka as Belcore, and Alex Esposito and Vlada Borovko returning as Dulcamara and Giannetta.
MITRIDATE, RE DI PONTO (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
26, 29 June, 1, 7 July
German soprano Anett Fritsch has withdrawn from singing the role of Sifare. The role will now be sung in all performances by Georgian soprano Salome Jicia, marking her Royal Opera debut. Jicia’s recent roles have included Elena (La donna del lago) and Contessa di Follevile and Modestina (Il viaggio a Reims) for the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, and Ismene (Mitridate, re di Ponto) for the Tbilisi Paliashivili Opera House in Georgia.
The rest of the cast remains unchanged with Michael Spyres in the title role of Mitridate, Albina Shagimuratova as Aspasia, Bejun Mehtaas Farnace, Lucy Crowe as Ismene, Andrew Tortise as Marzio and Jennifer Davis as Arbate. Christophe Rousset conducts all performances.