La Cieca has just learned that tenor Joseph Kaiser will make a “surprise” Met debut October 3, singing the role of Roméo in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. He will also sing performances on October 6 and 11, replacing the ailing Rolando Villazón.
Kaiser stars as Tamino in Kenneth Branagh’s film of The Magic Flute and will reprise this Mozart role later in the Met season. He appeared as Narraboth in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Salome last season, a performance about which the always reliable David Shengold wrote, “The most consistently satisfying vocalism came from Joseph Kaiser, a young tenor on the brink of stardom . . . he sang the challenging high phrases with clarity and shine.”