Death of a Met tenor

Death of a Met tenor


norman lebrecht

July 12, 2018

The Puerto Rican tenor Antonio Barasorda made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Cavaradossi in Tosca in 1995.

He went on to sing Pollione, Radamès, Cyrano de Bergerac and Canio. On one occasion, in 2002, he stood in for Placido Domingo in the fourth act of Andrea Chenier.

Antonio died of a heart attack at home in San Juan on July 9.


  • Tony Magee says:

    Such sad news. His Viesti la Giubba is beautifully done. Stage direction a bit stilted, but what a marvellous vocal realisation.

  • Sharon says:

    Seems like a youngish guy. May his family find peace.

    Services and health care are so difficult in Puerto Rico now, especially since it has largely not been rebuilt since Hurricane Maria last October, although things were a mess in Puerto Rico long before then.

    I wonder if Barasorda were in the mainland US would he still have died or would he have received medical care in time?

    • Caravaggio says:

      Well, we’ll never know. People suffer fatal heart attacks in the mainland and everywhere every day too, no?

      • Novagerio says:

        Exactly. the great viennese baritone Eberhard Wächter dropped suddenly dead at the age of 63 during a stroll in the Wienerwald in 1992, just as he had started co-directing the Vienna State Opera with (his former agent) Holender.