Two ensemble members of the Erfurt Theatre have been cast in the Met’s next season.
Vazgen Ghazaryan is a bass, Won Whi Choi a tenor. Both are fulltime ensemble members, little known outside Erfurt.
A city of 400,000 in the dead centre of Germany, Erfurt has a year-round opera theatre and symphony orchestra.
The two singers have been sworn to silence on their Met roles.
The Erfurt intendant Guy Montavon says: ‘The public here has long known that these are outstanding singers. This is a major career boost for them.’