Jennifer Rowley will sing the role of Leonora in all performances of the Met’s production of Verdi’s Il trovatore opening January 22, replacing the originally scheduled Maria Agresta, who is ill.
Rowley has previously sung the role of Leonora with Théâtre de Caen, Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, and Opéra de Lille. She made her Met debut as Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème in 2014, and last year received critical acclaim making her role debut at short notice as Roxane in Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac. Tomorrow night she is scheduled to sing the title role in the Met’s new production of Puccini’s Tosca, a part she has also sung with New Orleans Opera and Dresden’s Sächsische Staatsoper. Her other performances include the title role in Barber’s Vanessa with Toledo Opera and as Musetta in La Bohème at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.
Sir David McVicar’s production of Il trovatore, led by Marco Armiliato, will also feature Yonghoon Lee as Manrico, and Anita Rachvelishvili as Azucena. Quinn Kelsey and Luca Salsi will share the role of Count di Luna, with Štefan Kocán and Kwangchul Youn both singing the role of Ferrando. For one performance on February 6, Dolora Zajick will sing the role of Azucena.
Performances of Il trovatore at the Met are on January 22, 26, 30, Feb 3 (matinee), 6, 9, 12 and 15, 2018.