After missing the opening performances due to illness, Villaz‹n was set to return for the April 8, 11, 15, and 18 performances. His doctor has since advised him to withdraw from the run. Massimo Giordano filled in at the beginning and Barry Banks performed the April 8 show.
Pittas will perform Villaz‹n's schedule through April 18. As originally planned, Joseph Calleja is Nemorino on April 22.
Dimitri Pittas performed the role of Nemorino last month at Welsh National Opera. He sang the role of Tamino in The Magic Flute earlier this season at the Met. Last season he was Macduff in the Met's new production of Verdi's Macbeth, a performance that was transmitted worldwide as part of The Met: Live in HD series. He made his company debut in 2005 and is a graduate of the Met's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.
L'Elisir d'Amore is conducted by Maurizio Benini and features Angela Gheorghiu as Adina, Franco Vassallo as Belcore, and Simone Alaimo as Dulcamara.
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