We hear that Marcelo Alvarez is on a flight home to Italy after failing again to take the stage as Don José in Carmen.
The Argentine tenor pulled out of the first night 15 minutes before curtain-up, and repeated his non-appearance on the third night. The substitute was Rafael Davila, making his Met debut.
No reason given. He’s out of the run.
This Carmen has been particularly ill-fated.
Sophie Koch was replaced in the title role by Clémentine Margaine, so late in rehearsals that she didn’t even get a c.v. in the programme book. Conductor Dan Ettinger was subbed by fellow-Israeli Asher Fisch.
We don’t know which of these switches caused Alvarez to pull out.