Baritone Leo Nucci has regretfully withdrawn from his four scheduled performances as Giorgio Germont in the upcoming Teatro dell'Opera di Roma's production of La traviata in Tokyo on 9, 12, 15 and 17 September 2018. He had been looking forward to singing for the Japanese fans, but has decided to curtail his performances outside Europe.
The role of Giorgio Germont will now be sung by Italian baritone Ambrogio Maestri.
Ambrogio Maestri's sensational debut in 2001 coincided with the most important event of the Verdi Centennial, Falstaff, conducted by Riccardo Muti and directed by Giorgio Strehler, which saw him in the leading role at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and Teatro Verdi in Bussetto. This interpretation earned him enthusiastic reviews from the international press and opened the doors of the most important opera houses in the world. He sang the title role in Falstaff in Japan with the Teatro alla Scala on its 2013 Japan tour.