04moments3-web-jumboUp next, La Traviata from the MET at noon on Friday (c0rrection: Saturday at 12:55 p.m.)  on your local movie screen or on the radio. An NY Times listing is… well … provocative… as is the photograph, showing the red-hot pair of Michael Fabiano and Sonya Yoncheva. The NY Times caption reads:Lower Depths for a Soprano”…

I will let it stand at that.

On the subject of tenors, it is now official that German heartthrob tenor Jonas Kaufmann has cancelled all of his appearances at the MET for next season, including a new production of Tosca that will replace the current one in the rep of the NYC house. And that means that another heartthrob tenor by the mane of Vittorio Grigolo will step into the role of Mario Cavaradossi.

Kaufmann’s appearances on this side of the ocean have been touch and go for the past few years, and concerns about his future continue.  Meanwhile the word on and, more importantly, what we hear in the singing of other younger and rising tenors at the MET is very encouraging.

Grigolo’s turn opposite Isabel Leonard in this past Saturday broadcast of Werther was nothing short of sensational. His singing was full-throated and Italianate and his handling of the very French Massenet vocal line was impeccable, nowhere better than in his show-stopping Pourquois me reveiller.

Grigolo’s and Fabiano’s careers are going great guns with no missteps one can think of. And, at a time when true lyric-spinto tenors ready to take on the Verdi-Puccini roles are as rare as hen’s teeth, this is good news.

Rafael de Acha