via the NYTimes Arts Briefly
, the conductor of the Pittsburgh Opera, Anthony Walker, stepped in to save the day. The tenor in the leading role of Aida was ill, and the sub never made it to the theater. The tenor slogged through a bit before giving up, at which point Walker sang
the role from the pit while conducting, and the ailing Vladimir Kuzmenko acted the role silently onstage. All of which sounds like something that happens in a high school musical, not at the level when your sub is Metropolitan Opera's Eduardo Villa. Amazing.