Tenor Maximilian Schmitt and bass-baritone Christian Van Horn called in sick shortly before Thursday’s Cleveland Orchestra concert of Haydn’s The Seasons.
What to do?
Cut out the male solos, leaving a truncated score with just orchestra, soprano and all the big choruses.
It seemed to work and people got home half an hour sooner than expected.
Conductor Franz Welser-Möst explains the cuts to Cleveland audience. Photo: Roger Mastroianni