The appearance marked his first opera performance since he was forced to withdraw from a Los Angeles Opera production of Wagner's Parsifal in December; he sang in a benefit for New Orleans Opera on March 4. According to the Associated Press, the three-month break was the longest in Domingo's four-decade career.
Domingo gave a "tour-de-force performance," the AP's Verena Dobnik wrote—"except for a few strained moments."
At a press conference announcing the extension of his contract as general director of L.A. Opera last month, Domingo attributed his inflamed throat to the challenges of Robert Wilson's production of Parsifal, which the singers stood still for long periods. "I'm not used to singing without movement," he said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "I need the movement."
In addition to three performance of Cyrano in late January and early February, Domingo missed five performances of Saint-SaêŠns' Samson et Dalila at the Met last month. Antonio Barasorda replaced him in Cyrano, and Clifton Forbis stepped in as Samson.
He also withdrew from a Paris production of Wagner's Die Walk‹re scheduled for April, but said that cancellation was unrelated to his throat problems; rather, he said, he was concerned that he would not have enough time to rehearse the production, also by Wilson.