The Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca has issued the following statement:
‘Due to personal reasons, I much regret to withdraw from my professional activities until further notice. My mother is suffering from terminal cancer, so I will now stay by her side in Riga. I am very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and ask for your understanding in this difficult time.’
The Salzburg Festival has replaced Elina with Angela Georghiu in Massenet’s Werther and Elisabeth Kulman in a song recital.