The star tenor Juan Diego Flórez has withdrawn from three upcoming performances in Rossini’s La Cenerentola at the Metropolitan Opera, on April 21, 25 and 28, citing illness.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.