23 November 2017 at 4.38pm | Comment on this article
Due a continuing family emergency, Italian tenor Fabio Sartori has had to withdraw from the role of Canio in Pagliacci on 2, 6, 9, 12, 15, 19 and 22 December. The role will now be sung by American tenor Bryan Hymel, who makes his debut in the role on 2 December, and who also makes his role debut as Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana.
Bryan Hymel made his Royal Opera debut in 2010 as Don José in Carmen and has since sung Prince in Rusalka, Aeneas in Les Troyens, the title role of Robert le diable, Henri in Les Vêpres siciliennes, Don José and Don Carlo for the Company. Earlier in the 2017/18 Season he returned to sing Henri for The Royal Opera. Recent engagements elsewhere include Don José, Alfredo Germont in La traviata and Faust in La Damnation de Faust for Paris Opéra, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for La Scala, Milan, Arnold in Guillaume Tell and Rodolfo in La bohème for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto for Deutsche Oper Berlin.
The rest of the cast remains the same.
[Update: This cast change notice has been amended to include performances on 6, 9, 12, 15, 19 and 22 December; in addition to 2 December 2017]