First Seiji Ozawa‘s comeback plans were stymied by a severe health setback.
Now Tadaaki Otaka, artistic director of Tokyo’s New National Theatre, has cancelled his only conducting commitment this season, citing arm and neck problems. He will be replaced in Salome by Ralf Weikert.
Happily, Otaka expects the arm and neck to be well enough to conduct less arduous symphony concerts.
But I guess NNT will be joining the long line of opera houses looking for fresh artistic leadership.