Conductor Richard Armstrong Withdraws From Met's Turandot

Classic Arts News   Conductor Richard Armstrong Withdraws From Met's Turandot
The prominent British opera conductor Richard Armstrong has withdrawn from the upcoming revival of Puccini's Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera. The performances were to be his debut at the house.

The 64-year-old Armstrong, who has served as music director of both Welsh National Opera (1973-86) and Scottish Opera (1993-2005), has been forced to cancel his appearances due to health issues, according to a statement released by the Met yesterday.

Filling in on the podium for the first two performances of the run, on March 30 and April 5, will be Fabio Luisi, who is already in New York to lead the Met's current production of Strauss's Die ‹gyptische Helena. Replacing Armstrong Apr. 9-16 and Apr. 28-May 8 will be Marco Armiliato, now conducting the Met revivals of Andrea Ch_nier and La traviata. The conductor of the performances on Apr. 19, 21 and 25 will be announced at a later date.

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