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Cast change: Christoph Pohl and Simone Piazzola to sing in Don Carlo

German and Italian baritones to sing the role of Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

2 May 2017 at 2.14pm | 10 Comments

With deep regret, French baritone Ludovic Tézier has withdrawn from singing the role of Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa in Don Carlo for personal reasons. The role will be now be sung by German baritone Christoph Pohl on 12, 15, 26 and 29 May, and by Italian baritone Simone Piazzola on 19 and 22 May.

Christoph Pohl made his Royal Opera debut in 2015 as Johannes in the world premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’s Morgen und Abend. He has previously sung the role of Rodrigo in Dresden, where he is a member of the ensemble at the Semperoper. His recent roles include Wolfram in Tannhäuser for La Fenice, Venice, the title role in Falstaff for Theater an der Wien and the title role in Don Giovanni for Semperoper Dresden.

Simone Piazzola has previously sung the role of Rodrigo for La Scala, Milan. His recent roles include Giorgio Germont in La traviata in Berlin, Los Angeles and Verona, Count di Luna in Il trovatore in Amsterdam and Verona, Enrico Ashton in Lucia di Lammermoor for Deutsche Oper Berlin and Renato in Un ballo in maschera for Rome Opera.

The rest of the cast remains the same.

If you have a ticket please see terms and conditions of sale.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

2 May 2017 at 2.14pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by Nicholas Hytner, cast change, Christoph Pohl, Ludovic Tezier

This article has 10 comments

  1. Tom responded on 2 May 2017 at 9:31pm Reply

    I think this is the second cast change for this production in as many weeks. What's going on? Who is going to be the next change?

  2. Catherine W. responded on 3 May 2017 at 2:37am Reply


    After Mrs. Stoyanova (due to illness), L. Tézier has withdrawn (for personal reasons), what a pity.
    I wonder when you got informed about Mr. Tézier's décision... Why waiting for the substitutes to be confirmed before announcing the withdrawal? It is not fair to those that already have paid tickets (as well as transportation and accommodation costs) and other people likely to book tickets, especially on the base of Mr. Tézier's name/participation. I remember having asked the ROH to inform the patrons that Mr. Alagna would not sing in 'Il Trovatore' before the confirmation of the cast change (announced more than two weeks after).

    Is Mr. Pohl or Mr. Piazzola Mr. Tézier's cover?
    Anyway, I find it difficult to accept he so-called "highest standard" of the replacement of both Mrs. Stoyanova and Mr. Tézier. Even if I am aware of your terms and conditions of sale, I also wonder why only Mr. Kaufmann's cancellation (in "Carmen", in Nov. 2015) were eligible for refunds (and without any fees); I assume that other singers are not valuable « assets »...

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 7 May 2017 at 6:51pm

      Hi Catherine,

      Thank you for your comment. We understand your frustration around cast changes and please be assured we always try to keep them to a minimum.

      Sometimes we are aware that an artist is unsure that they will be unable to fulfil their contract for very valid reasons and we have time to see who might be able to replace them. When we have their final decision, we are able to announce immediately. In other cases, we announce the withdrawal as soon as it is confirmed and then it takes time to find a replacement. As you will appreciate, each situation is unique but there are usually no covers for such roles as these in Don Carlo. We're delighted, however, that at such short notice we have been able to find replacements of a very high standard in Christian Pohl and Simone Piazzola as Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa, and Kristin Lewis the role of Elizabeth of Valois.

      With regard to terms and conditions of sale, Jonas Kaufmann’s cancellation was not eligible for a refund but we did offer to waive the administration fee of £2 for an exchange, something we do on occasion.

      Best wishes,


  3. Galina responded on 3 May 2017 at 1:52pm Reply

    I have no comments! I'm crying !!! in Tel Aviv.
    Cast change: Kristin Lewis???- Krassimira Stoyanova!!!,Christoph Pohl???- Ludovic Tezier!!!Who is going to be the next change?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 3 May 2017 at 3:28pm

      Hi Galina,

      Very sorry to disappoint you with these cast changes but we're sure that you'll enjoy the performances of Kristin Lewis, Christoph Pohl and Simone Piazzola.



    • Jon responded on 4 May 2017 at 1:24am

      Oh my goodness, Galina, get a grip!!! Talk about First World problems??? Who cares if there's going to have to be another change or not? Singers are not avatars or robots to perform at will. Politics and intrigue are the reality this particular revival is foreshadowing ...

  4. Graham Thomas responded on 4 May 2017 at 12:14am Reply

    Feeling disappointed on two counts - the first one being that two thirds of the original cast have now dropped out and secondly I had presumed that the high ticket prices for this production reflected the quality of the original casting. Now feeling a bit shortchanged especially regarding the soprano.

  5. Christopher Bayne responded on 9 May 2017 at 6:20pm Reply

    I have just come away from the rehearsal. Kristin Lewis was magnificent. Christoph Pohl, slightly underpowered but fitted very well into the production. I have no complaints

  6. Stephen Jay-Taylor responded on 13 May 2017 at 2:09am Reply

    And I have just come away from the opening night. Kristin Lewis could by no stretch of anybody's imagination be described as anything other than adequate, with problems of emission, legato and dynamic control. I have a lot of complaints. But Pohl is fine: not remotely Italianate, and - like most of this cast - with a nasal, slightly constricted vocal timbre. But the technique is immaculate, and the breath line as long as Cappuccilli's or Hvorostovsky's, allowing for some wonderfully deft phrasing.

  7. susan responded on 13 May 2017 at 4:48pm Reply

    Christoph Pohl was very good, I thought. A noble and entirely convincing Rodrigo.

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