It was the walkout of the year, the moment Anna Netrebko decided she could not work a moment longer in Manon Lescaut with the German conceptual director, Hans Neuenfels.
So she made the exit, pursued by entourage. Except one.
We hear that Anna’s fiancé, the Azeri tenor Yusif Eyvazov, has stayed behind to understudy Joan Kaufmann in the role of Des Grieux.
Jonas has been unwell of late. This could be Yusif’s big chance.