Sicklist: Tenor crashes out of Met’s Romeo

Sicklist: Tenor crashes out of Met’s Romeo


norman lebrecht

April 19, 2018

Charles Castronovo has been called in to sing the male lead in all performances of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at the Met, opening next week. He replaces Bryan Hymel who has not recovered from the illness that forced him out of Munich’s Vespri last month.

We wish him better.


  • Joe Hannigan says:

    Best wishes to Brian on a speedy recovery. If he picked up that terrible bug that’s been making the rounds (here in Phila. and elsewhere), he has my sympathy. I had it in the Fall 2017 for nearly 2 months, and again recently – relapse or new infection – for the last 3-4 weeks. It’s horrible; often settling in the larynx and lungs. Laryngitis and serious congestion for weeks on end are among the symptoms. Many ended up in the ER with breathing problems. The long overdue arrival of Spring seems to be finally stopping it.

  • Ernest Low says:

    Oh dear, Castronovo is withdrawing from Boheme with Angel Blue in Singapore to sub for Hymel in New York 🙁

    • David Hilton says:

      Thanks for that. I was wondering how a tenor of Castronovo’s ability just happened to be available for the full run of Romeo.