WNO Hamlet update
As the Met continues its run of Thomas's opera "Hamlet", the Washington National Opera is preparing for its own production, in May, with announcement of a cast change. Carlos Alvarez, originally announced for the lead role, has withdrawn from the production; the role will be sung instead by Michael Chioldi and Liam Bonner (who is singing the small role of Horatio at the Met, and therefore has the signal advantage of familiarity with a relatively little-known score). Their dates have not yet been announced, leading one to wonder, perhaps frivolously, if the idea is to see which of them does better with the part in rehearsals.
Plácido Domingo, happily, is on the mend from surgery (his attendance at a rehearsal of "Götterdämmerung" at the L.A. Opera last week prompted a wave of celebratory "He's back" articles in the world press). But he is wisely avoiding overstrain by delegating some of the conducting duties of "Hamlet," passing three of the performances -- on May 19, 27, and 30 -- to Patrick Fournillier.
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