The British baritone has pulled out of a January 21 concert at the Liceu in Barcelona, citing ‘diary issues’, according to a report from the opera house in the Spanish press. He was invalided out of the opening of Vienna’s Rigoletto last weekend and may need time out to recover. He is down to sing Rigoletto again on December 27 and 30.
UPDATE: The Spanish press reports are incorrect. It’s the Liceu that cancelled, not the singer. Here’s what Simon tells us through a mutual friend: ‘They wrote very nicely to say that in recent times they just cannot sustain and sell recitals of songs in the opera house and so they are cancelling the series…. but they were so nice and offered to collaborate with an orchestral programme of something else that might be easier for them to sell.’