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Cast change: Massimo Giordano to sing in Manon Lescaut on 2 December 2016

Italian tenor to replace Aleksandrs Antonenko in the role of Chevalier des Grieux.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

2 December 2016 at 11.36am | 3 Comments

Due to illness, Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko has withdrawn from singing the role of Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut this evening, Friday 2 December.

The role will now be performed by Italian tenor Massimo Giordano.

Giordano’s recent appearances have included Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca at The Royal Opera, Vienna State Opera, Paris Opéra, Metropolitan Opera, New York, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Korean National Opera; Don José in Carmen at Arena di Verona and Deutsche Oper Berlin; Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur and Andrea Chénier at Vienna State Opera; Pollione in Norma at Vienna State Opera, Beijing and Bavarian State Opera; Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut in Baden-Baden, Muscat and Hanover; Rodolfo in La bohème at Paris Opéra and Gounod’s Faust at Berlin State Opera.

The rest of the cast remains unchanged.

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By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

2 December 2016 at 11.36am

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged Aleksandrs Antonenko, cast change, Massimo Giordano, Production

This article has 3 comments

  1. Catherine W. responded on 4 December 2016 at 4:43pm Reply

    Unless I am mistaken (which I doubt), your previous message about the cast change was posted on November 29th, in the morning, regarding the performance on 29 November. When I called the Box Office on that day, around 3:00 pm, as I had not received any email (and not seen any news on your website) concerning the cast change for the performance on 2 December, I asked for the sale of my 2 December-ticket. Had I known the second cast change, I might have managed to go to your Opera House on December 2nd from Paris (where I live).

    Anyway, it seems that rather posting a second article after having learnt of the second cast change, you just replaced the first date (29 November) by "2 December", probably after November 29th, and even without cancelling the phrase "this evening" (which was refering to 29 November and certainly not to 2 December in the same article).

    I am quite disappointed by that kind of "carelessness"...

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 5 December 2016 at 10:57am

      Dear Catherine,
      We aim to share news of a cast change as soon as we hear about it. Unfortunately, due to illness, Alexsandrs Antonenko was unable to sing in the performance on 29 November and we announced this on the day. We learnt he was unwell once again on 2 December and announced this just after 11.30am on the day; as the cast change and the circumstances around the cast change were the same, we changed the date and shared the article once more.
      When you called the Box Office, the information they gave you was correct at the time. Until the morning of 2 December, there were no plans to change the cast for this performance but unfortunately sometimes we must respond to unforeseen circumstances, including illness.
      All the best,

  2. Catherine W. responded on 5 December 2016 at 3:18pm Reply


    Thanks for your response. So, indeed, you had just changed the date of the cast change without posting a new article... (if I had not written a comment, you would not have changed the date of your second announcement that you actually posted on 2 December and not on 29 November as still indicated yesterday!)...

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