Breaking up: Netrebko leads new exodus from Japan
May 31, 2011 by Norman Lebrecht
Anna Netrebko and Joseph Calleja are today’s dropouts from the Met’s threadbare tour of Japan.
Treb says she’s lived through one Chernobyl, can’t face another radiation dose (has she been eating e-coli German cucumbers?).
Calleja, the Matese tenor, had ‘last-minute misgivings’.
Jonas Kaufmann, Olga Borodina and James Levine were previous pullpouts, the last two on genuine health grounds.
Calleja will be replaced by Marcelo Alvarez and Rolando Villazon, no bad swap.
Treb, for Japanese audiences, will be irreplaceable.
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