Sicklist: Tenor cancels Covent Garden

April 20, 2017 by norman lebrecht


The fading Rolando Villazon has told the ROH he won’t be feeling well enough at the end of next month to sing Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore.

His replacement is the Armenian Liparit Avetisyan.

Ticket-holders have been contacted, say the ROH.

His is not the tenor cancellation the house is really fearing.

Comments (9)

  1. Alexander says:

    is he still in business ? congratulations then 🙂

  2. Vienna calling says:

    Can you please be more careful with headlines – not funny while the world is waiting with baited breath for the other tenor’s rehearsals to start.

    1. Arseny Stibium says:


      Singing appears to be comparable to American football in terms of injury and indisposition.

      1. Vienna calling says:

        Stimmt. Wieder was gelernt. Dann schreibe ich halt das nächste Mal lieber in meiner Muttersprache.

        1. Olassus says:

          Take heart, Vienna:

          “The whole common room listened with *baited* breath.” — Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

          “Shall I bend low and in a bondman’s key, with *bated* breath and whispering humbleness … .” — The Merchant of Venice

          1. Anonymouse says:

            Welcome to the internet, the Kingdom of the self-righteous.

            Bate is an archaic verb (meaning both the passive to cease and the active to stop) and is most often used in its antique perfect form, ‘abated’. More often than not, it is misspelt by the English; but then, the spelling of the average Englishman is uniformly appalling.

            I look forward to reading you correct Arseny Stibium’s German.

          2. Olassus says:

            … or, simply, the Bard is higher authority.

            Let’s not attack people here (anonymousely) for typos or their English. It’s great that German speakers are reading and contributing.

  3. Anonymouse says:

    He is also scheduled to sing the role in Vienna in June…

    1. Terrie Tackett says:

      Well, looks like that won’t be happening either!! So disappointed….

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