The French tenor Roberto Alagna pulled out of this summer’s Lohengrin a few days before the beginning of rehearsal, saying that, in a crowded diary, he hadn’t had the time to study the role.
Today, Katharina Wagner will be seeing lawyers to discuss legal remedies.
Alagna’s possible defence? He was talked into the role by the Katie-CT team against his better judgement, never having sung a major German role before. He was originally cast opposite Anna Netrebko, who pulled out a year ago. Bayreuth should have known the risk it was taking.
Unlike Levine vs the Met, this will never come to court.