Illness sidelines Jay Hunter Morris from L.A. Opera's 'Dutchman'

Illness sidelines Jay Hunter Morris from L.A. Opera's 'Dutchman'
Jay Hunter Morris performs with Nina Stemme in a scene from Wagner's "Ring" cycle at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco in 2011. (Cory Weaver / Associated Press)

Operatic tenor Jay Hunter Morris has withdrawn from Los Angeles Opera's upcoming production of Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman," which is scheduled to begin performances on March 9 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Morris, a Texan noted for his Wagnerian roles, has come down with "a severe case of gastroenteritis," according to the singer's agent. The illness is preventing Morris from participating in rehearsals for "Dutchman."

The tenor was to have played the role of Erik in Wagner's opera that was inspired by the legend of a ghost ship. Taking over the role will be tenor Corey Bix.

"Dutchman," conducted by L.A. Opera music director James Conlon, is to be staged in a production from the Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Francisco Opera. There will be six scheduled performances, through March 30.


Morris has gained prominence in recent seasons for his performances as Siegfried in the Metropolitan Opera's new staging of Wagner's "Ring" cycle operas. The tenor is still scheduled to perform in "Siegfried" and "Twilight of the Gods" at the Met starting in April.