Kaufmann cancels

Kaufmann cancels


norman lebrecht

January 18, 2020

Jonas Kaufmann cancelled tonight’s ‘Wien’ concert in Nürnberg at less than 24 hours’ notice.

The hall did not announce it until less than 12 hours before start time:

Leider muss das Konzert mit Jonas Kaufmann in der Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg am Samstag den 18.1.2020 um 20.00 Uhr aus Krankheitsgründen abgesagt werden.
Jonas Kaufmann bedauert die krankheitsbedingte Absage sehr und bittet um Verständnis.
Die Karten können an der Vorverkaufstelle zurückgegeben werden, wo diese gekauft wurden.
Es tut uns leid, dass wir Ihnen diese Nachricht übermitteln müssen und hoffen ebenfalls auf Ihr Verständnis.


  • Philip says:

    It’s about time the concert and opera audience boycotted these persistent cancellers such as JK.

    Rows of empty seats might concentrate minds.

    • V. Lind says:

      Martha Argerich?

      • Stuard Young says:

        I have Had the greatest pleasure having heard Martha Argerich In Philadelphia – a two-piano recital with Nelson Freire, and a number of concertos, all when Duroit was on the podium. Nary a cancellation for me. Each concerto was performed 3-4 times; no cancellations there either. Now that Dutoit is PNG, she likely will never return. I would very much risk her possible cancellation, for a chance to (maybe) hear her perform again. (By the way, absolutely stunning Ravel G Major, and Prokofieff Concerto 1!

    • Helen says:

      Don’t be ridiculous. JK has cancelled very little of late. He last cancelled about 7 months ago. In 2018 he did not cancel at all. I am sure he would have preferred to have done this concert. Have you never had any time off work?

  • Gustavo says:

    Williams attends own tribute in Vienna.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Kleiber was known in Japan as “the cancellation devil”!!
    Some can get away with it. Some.

  • Jack says:

    Oscar Levant and Vladimir Horowitz were friends in the 1940s, and both were chronic cancelers of their concerts.

    Levant, who I’m sure most know was a legendary wit, suggested to his friend that they issue a press release with the header “Vladimir Horowitz and Oscar Levant are available for a limited number of cancellations.”

  • Mustafa Kandan says:

    There is a lot of negative comments these days about Placido Domingo, the biggest opera star of his time. If one compares him with today’s opera stars, he was very reliable & always a team player.

  • Elvira says:

    To cancel on a such short notice…..you better come with a very valid reason!

    • Larry L. Lash/ Vienna, Austria says:

      I paid €50 for a ticket to a benefit theatre performance tonight in Wien. I had trouble sleeping last night and when I awoke late today I couldn’t stop sneezing – VERY loudly – and blowing my nose. And then a mix of snow and rain began to fall, with a forecast for snow accumulation this evening. So I stayed in bed. This just came out of nowhere. I probably could have scraped myself together and gone, but I was afraid that my sneezing attacks might be disruptive to the performers and audience members.

      These things happen, especially at this time of the year.

  • Diane Valerie says:

    Wot?! No “Sick List: Stricken Bavarian Bows Out” style headlines or are these just reserved for Polish singers?

  • BrianB says:

    Strauss, Lehar, Stolz, et.al. get a reprieve. Go on you tube or pull a CD off the shelf and listen to the real thing, not a soggy imitation, from Tauber, Wittrisch, Schmidt usw. And much less pricey.