Jonas Kaufmann and Olga Borodina have withdrawn from the Met’s tour of Japan. Borodina has ‘vocal issues’.
Kaufmann’s excuse? ‘Personal reasons’. Oh, so that’s all right then.
Music director James Levine is already out for all the obvious reasons.
This tour is stating to feel more than a little half-hearted.
The replacements for the two dropout singers are Yonghoon Lee and Ekaterina Gubanova, evidently the best available at short notice.
It does make you wish the Met showed half as much enthusiasm for the visit to stricken Japan as the Korean musicians just did.