-- Even at the extravagant Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, sometimes it's casual day.
Italian tenor, Francesco Anile, was forced to make his debut in the lavish production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Otello” -- in nothing but his jeans and sneakers. With only five minutes notice and no time for a costume change, the 54-year-old understudy was suddenly called to perform for the audience of 4,000 people on Saturday.
"No time to change. No time for anything," Anile told the Associated Press.
“The Met is the holy grail of opera,” Anile said through his manager, Lewis Ehlers, the New York Post reports. “The theater is one of the biggest and most famous, and you have to have nerves of steel.”
When he joined the cast on stage for the final bow, Ehlers continued, Anile received a standing ovation.