With slightly awkward timing, the Royal Opera House opened its box-office on Friday for sales of June’s Otello with the ephemeral German tenor.
The immediate sales are to Friends only. General booking begins March 28.
It was on Friday that Kaufmann’s New York manager Alan Green announced he was pulling out of the Metropolitan Opera’s season highlight.
Kaufmann’s cancellation reasons – ‘his personal life and professional obligations’ – may not apply in London. Also, he owes more of a personal and professional obligation to the ROH music director Antonio Pappano than he does to the Met’s Peter Gelb. Let’s see.