23 April 2014 at 3.03pm | 6 Comments
This post was amended on 09/05/14 - originally Thomas Hampson withdrew from the first four performances of Tosca, on 10, 13, 16 and 19 May
Due to ill health, American baritone Thomas Hampson has withdrawn from the role of Baron Scarpia in Tosca. The role is now sung by Italian baritone Marco Vratogna on all of Thomas Hampson's scheduled dates.
Marco Vratogna made his debut with The Royal Opera as Paolo Albiani in Simon Boccanegra in 2008 and also performed the role of Amonasro in Aida for The Royal Opera in 2010. He has previously sung the role of Scarpia in Tosca for La Scala, Milan; and in Dresden, Vienna, Valencia, Bari, Berlin, Zürich, Hamburg and most recently in Turin.
The rest of the cast remains the same.