Nathan Gunn Pulls Out of September and October Performances at Met

Classic Arts News   Nathan Gunn Pulls Out of September and October Performances at Met
Due to illness, baritone Nathan Gunn has withdrawn from his appearances as Mercutio in Gounod's Rom_o et Juliette at the Metropolitan Opera this month and next. St_phane Degout, who sang the role when the current production premiered in 2005, will fill in for Gunn at the five performances between September 25 and October 11.

The Met's autumn run of Rom_o seems to be star-crossed: Gunn is the second principal to pull out due to illness. Last month tenor Rolando Villaz‹n, struggling with extended health difficulties, canceled all of his engagements at least through October, including his performances as Romeo in this production. (Roberto Alagna and Joseph Kaiser will take the role for the fall run.)

Both Villaz‹n and Gunn remain scheduled for the December run of Rom_o et Juliette.

Gunn was also slated to sing at this Sunday's "Tribute to Beverly Sills" at the Metropolitan Opera House. (He was the recipient of the inaugural Beverly Sills Award.) Performing in his place — alongside Natalie Dessay and Anna Netrebko, with James Levine at the piano — will be bass John Relyea.

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