DWayne Croft will sing the role of Escamillo in Bizet's Carmen on February 9, 13, and 16, replacing Teddy Tahu Rhodes, who determined in rehearsals that the role was no longer suitable for his voice. Casting for the performances on February 20, 23 matinee, 26, and March 1 will be announced at a later date.
Croft first sang the role of Escamillo at the Met in the 2009-10 season. Earlier this Met season, he sang Ping in Puccini's Turandot, Coroebus in Berlioz's Les Troyens, and Rambaldo in Puccini's La Rondine; this spring, he will sing Donner in three complete cycles of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. His past performances with the company have included Figaro in IL Barbiere di Siviglia, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Pelléas in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande, and the title roles in Don Giovanni and Britten's Billy Budd.
Carmen, conducted by Michele Mariotti, also stars Anita Rachvelishvili in the title role, Nikolai Schukoff and Andrew Richards in their respective Met debuts as Don José, and Ekaterina Scherbachenko in her Met debut as Micaëla.