The world’s hottest tenor was down to sing twice at the Metropolitan Opera this season – two performances in Don Jose in Carmen last Wednesday and last night. When he cancelled Wednesday with flu, the Met still expected him to fly in for Saturday. He never got on the plane.
These things happen. But the buzz around Kaufmann, with touts selling tickets at several times their face value, left the Met looking over-dependent once more on a diminishing handful of box-office warhorses.
No Kaufmann means that operagoers will be warier – and probably later – in booking to see a big name. That’s bad for the Met’s finances and for its future planning. This will go down in the annals as the Met’s no-Jonas year.