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Cast Change: Dmytro Popov to sing role of Rodolfo in La bohème on 3 and 7 January

Ukrainian tenor to replace Rolando Villazón.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

3 January 2013 at 12.30pm | 22 Comments

Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón has had to withdraw from singing the role of Rodolfo in La bohème on 3 and 7 January, as he is suffering from acute bronchitis.

The role of Rodolfo on these performances will now be sung by Ukrainian tenor Dmytro Popov, who makes his role debut with The Royal Opera. He made his debut with the Company in 2011 as Ivan Sergeyevich Lïkov (The Tsar’s Bride).  Previous roles include Macduff (Macbeth) in Lyons, Bogdane Sobinin (A Life for the Tsar) in Montpellier, and Cavaradossi (Tosca) and Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) for Deutsche Oper Berlin. He is engaged to sing the role of Rodolfo with the Company on 5 and 18 January.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

3 January 2013 at 12.30pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged Dmytro Popov, rolando villazon

This article has 22 comments

  1. Brignani catherine responded on 3 January 2013 at 1:14pm Reply

    I am very sorry for Rolando Villazon and I hope he will recover quickly.
    Who will sing Rodolfo for the live cinema on January 15,2013 ?
    I am waiting for your answer.

    Best regards
    Catherine Brignani

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 3 January 2013 at 2:47pm

      Hi Catherine,

      Rolando is still scheduled to sing for this date.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      Online Content Producer

  2. JACQUES daniele responded on 3 January 2013 at 1:33pm Reply

    Je suis vraiment désolée pour Rolando Villazon, et lui souhaite un prompt rétablissement.
    Chantera t-il le 10 janvier ???? le cast n'est pas modifié pour le moment.
    Les représentations des 3 et 10 devaient être filmées pour une retransmission sur grand écran.
    Qui sera le ténor filmé ??? Rolando Villazon ou Dmytro Popov ??????????

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 3 January 2013 at 2:51pm

      Hello Danièle,

      Rolando is scheduled to sing the role on 10 January as originally publicized.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      Online Content Producer

  3. such sad news for all those going tonight, get well soon rolando xxxx

  4. JACQUES daniele responded on 3 January 2013 at 3:21pm Reply

    Thank you Chris for your comment.
    But my answer was : Who will be filmed ????
    Rolando Villazon or Popov ?????
    best regards
    Danièle JACQUES

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 3 January 2013 at 3:24pm

      Hi Danièle,

      Rolando is scheduled to be filmed for the cinema broadcast.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      Online Content Producer

  5. Madeline Gliddon responded on 4 January 2013 at 6:01pm Reply

    I have just seen this posting and am absolutely gutted. I am bringing my 86 year old Mother to the Opera House especially to see Rolando and have top price tickets so she could have a good view!! The first and last time she saw La Boheme live was at the ROH on the 3 October 1949. Fate can be very cruel. Best wishes to Rolando for a speedy recovery.

  6. Chris responded on 5 January 2013 at 6:43pm Reply

    Having booked this especially for our Christmas present, booked rail tickets , a hotel in London and a pre concert meal, we are feeling so sad. We wish Rolando well but feel his substitute will not suffice. The cost of his performance tickets will put us of pre booking in future.

  7. Sue Ashton responded on 7 January 2013 at 10:29am Reply

    I was lucky enough to see Rolando in the final rehearsal and have never been more moved by a singer. I have a ticket for 7th and am so sorry that he is unwell. I wish him a very speedy recovery.

  8. Romano Endrighi responded on 7 January 2013 at 9:24pm Reply

    Popov is actually a great tenor and should be a great replacement for Mr Villazon who hasn't been feeling great recently

  9. Julia Nicholls responded on 8 January 2013 at 9:38am Reply

    We saw Dmytro Popov as Rodolfo last night and he was fantastic - I am sure none of you will be disappointed. He deserved all the cheers and bravos exploding from the audience at the final curtain. I'm sure he is a rising star.

  10. Rosan Kom responded on 8 January 2013 at 10:51am Reply

    I agree with the previous comment Dmytro Popov was excellent in the role of Rodolfo and I for one thoroughly enjoyed his performance.

  11. Martin responded on 8 January 2013 at 10:53am Reply

    Having seen the production on Saturday night I have to admit I was disappointed with Popov- drowned phrasing and dodged notes- though I'm not sure Villazón in his current voice would have been any better. Stefania Dovhan, however, surprised me and stunned me with her Musetta- she was worth the ticket price alone! Colline's coat aria was very well sung also. As others have said, none of you will be disappointed overall.

  12. Mary responded on 8 January 2013 at 2:27pm Reply

    Popov - beautiful voice. Convincing and moving in the role. Tears all round

  13. Beth responded on 8 January 2013 at 8:04pm Reply

    I agree with the previous comments, after the initial disappointment of not being able to see Villazon we really enjoyed the performance. I was moved to tears despite not being a Puccini fan.

  14. GerritjeClifton responded on 11 January 2013 at 12:41pm Reply

    For nine month I looked forward to see mr. villazon sing Rodolfo in La Boheme. When last night came and no Rolanda I wished I stayed in bed. But I must say the production from last night was excellent ,it was wel worth. Coming out of my sickbed for hope mr. villazon will soon feel better but I may never see him sing again..

  15. GerritjeClifton responded on 11 January 2013 at 1:14pm Reply

    Made my comments earlier but forgot to wish mr,Rolando Villazon a speedy recovery

  16. Edward Colin Pugh-Beckett responded on 15 January 2013 at 1:11pm Reply

    Is Ronaldo now well enough to sing tonight 15th?

    If not I wish him well soon and best wishes to Dymtro

    Colin

  17. Jem Symondson responded on 16 January 2013 at 8:58am Reply

    Dmytros' Rodolfo was a pleasure to watch and listen to at the cinema, and his performance made all the more dramatic after viewing the pre performance interview when he admitted to only now feeling able to take on the role and having the confidence to make the top note in the opening aria. He made it with ease.
    Thanks to Antonio Pappano for his wonderful infectiously enthusiastic background and scene setting.

  18. Dorothy responded on 24 February 2014 at 4:07pm Reply

    Having seen LaBoheme many times, and heard all the greats sing it, I was completely mesmerized by both the staging and singing, especially of the replacement tenor, Mr. Popov. His voice reminded me of Jussi Bjorling's wonderfully warm tenor voice.

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