Tenor Juan Diego Flórez Cancels Met Appearances

Thursday, April 03, 2014 - 06:00 PM

The star tenor Juan Diego Flórez has withdrawn from three upcoming performances in Rossini’s La Cenerentola at the Metropolitan Opera, on April 21, 25 and 28, citing illness. The company said on Thursday that the Mexican tenor Javier Camarena will take his place in the role of Prince Ramiro.

Flórez is scheduled to return to the role on May 2, 6 and 10, the latter being a matinee HD broadcast. Rumors of the cancellation leaked online on Wednesday, and with rehearsals starting, the Met confirmed the cast change. La Cenerentola also stars Joyce DiDonato, who is making her house debut in the title role. Fabio Luisi will conduct.

The Mexican-born Camarena, 38, has been a growing fixture at the Met, having debuted in 2011 as Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and last month starring as Elvino in La Sonnambula.

Below is a video of Camarena singing a portion of La Cenerentola in Paris in 2011.

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Comments [4]

Harvey E. Phillips from New York City

Does anyone know the nature of Florez’s illness, i.e., the kind that can be predicted two and a half weeks in advance for coming down with it and then four weeks in advance for getting over it?

Apr. 21 2014 06:42 PM
Sarah Salter from Forsyth GA

I agree with Les - distressing that JDF not well, but I look forward very much to Camarena - he was excitingly good in La Sonnambula

Apr. 05 2014 08:05 PM
Emma from Long Island, NY

I almost freaked! He's my favorite tenor and I'm going on the 10th! Phew!...

Apr. 04 2014 06:17 PM
Les from Miami, Florida

While it's distressing to hear that someone can't perform due to illness, The Met could hardly have picked a better substitute for Mr. Flo'rez than Mr. Camarena. For me, he was the outstanding singer in last month's "La Sonnambula" performances. It's with great anticipation that I look forward to hearing him performing with Ms. DiDonato. He defines a "temore leggiero", and then some.

Apr. 04 2014 09:30 AM

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