Bryn terfel joins cast exodus from met opera’s new ‘tosca’

Posted December 13, 2017 12:13 a.m. EST

NEW YORK — The high-profile new production the Metropolitan Opera is planning to open on New Year’s Eve is Puccini’s “Tosca.” But it is starting to resemble Agatha Christie’s trickle of killings “And Then There Were None.”

Since the Met first announced the new “Tosca” 10 months ago, the David McVicar production has lost its star tenor, Jonas Kaufmann; the soprano singing the title role, Kristine Opolais; its conductor, Andris Nelsons, who is married to Opolais; and his replacement, James Levine, who was suspended this month after being accused of sexual misconduct.

Now the last remaining star of the originally-announced cast has withdrawn: The Met announced on Tuesday that Bryn Terfel, who had been scheduled to sing the villainous Scarpia, would not perform because he had to take “enforced rest due to vocal fatigue.” He will be replaced by Zeljko Lucic, who will join Sonya Yoncheva as Tosca, Vittorio Grigolo as Cavaradossi and Emmanuel Villaume on the podium.

It was to have been Terfel’s first Met appearance in five years. “I am extremely disappointed to have to cancel these performances,” he said in a statement. “I was particularly happy to be returning to the Metropolitan Opera with this exciting new staging, and it is a terrible shame not to be a part of it.”

Terfel also withdrew from concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra that had been planned for February.