The star attraction has, ‘with a heavy heart’, pulled out of the opening of Hamburg’s dazzling new Elbphilharmonie on January 11-12.
His replacement, announced overnight, is the Slovak lyric tenor Pavol Bresnik.
Kaufmann has been out for three months with a vocal cord injury and his return has been repeatedly delayed on doctors’ orders.
Following the Hamburg cancellation, it seems likely that he will also cancel a long-awaited Lohengrin in Paris.
We wish Jonas a speedy recovery.