November 30, 2021

George Gagnidze [pictured] will sing Scarpia in the December performances of Puccini’s Tosca, replacing Evgeny Nikitin, who is ill and has withdrawn.

Georgian baritone George Gagnidze, who has previously sung Scarpia at the Met, was already scheduled to appear in the role in the January performances of Tosca. He made his Met debut in 2009 in the title role of Verdi’s Rigoletto, and his other Met performances have included Amonasro in Verdi’s Aida, the title role in Verdi’s Macbeth, Shaklovity in Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina, Alfio in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Tonio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, and Michele in Puccini’s Il Tabarro.

The first run of David McVicar’s production of Tosca opens on December 2, with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting a cast that also includes Sondra Radvanovsky as Tosca, and Brian Jagde as Cavaradossi.

Performances are December 2, 5, 11, 15, and 18.

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