Ever since Aleksandrs Antonenko pulled out of Il trovatore at the Staatsoper Berlin just days before the premiere, Daniel Barenboim has been scrabbling around for a replacement tenor.
Someone who won't melt under the star wattage of Netrebko and Domingo. Someone who can nail those top Cs. And most importantly, someone reliable who'll stay the course. Two tenors before opening night is plenty enough.
Step forward Gaston Rivero, a finalist in Domingo's 2006 Operalia contest who's sung Manrico in Klagenfurt, Nuremburg, Limoges and, as you can hear above, Bordeaux.