Just in from Covent Garden:
British mezzo-soprano Christine Rice has withdrawn from the role of Donna Elvira due to personal reasons. The role will now be sung by Greek soprano Myrtò Papatanasiu, making her Royal Opera debut.
‘Personal reasons’ is the new catch-all, replacing ‘indisposed’. It covers anything from a septic toe to a flaming row to a major issue in an artist’s private life.