The Welsh baritone has pulled out of the Met’s ill-starred Tosca on New Year’s Eve and of a Boston Symphony concert in February ‘as he continues to heal and rest following vocal fatigue’.
For Tosca, read total disaster.
Everyone in the cast has been replaced, some twice over
Jonas Kaufmann, hired as Cavaradossi, scratched in March, saying he didn’t want to spend so much time away from his family. Vittorio Grigolo stood in.
Kristine Opolais pulled out in June for ‘personal reasons’. Sub: Sonya Yoncheva.
Her husband, the conductor Andris Nelsons, followed suit. James Levine stepped in. He was fired for well-known reasons. Emmanuel Villaume and others will fill in.
New Sir Bryn has scratched Scarpia.
Zeljko Lucic joins the makeshift cast.