Bayreuth is hit as star singer quitsNews
The highly promoted Austrian bass Günther Groissböck has pulled out of this summer’s Walküre, where he was due to sing Wotan, and next year’s projected Ring cycle.
He informed the festival 24 hours before it opened. No replacement has yet been located.
The festival’s director Katharina Wagner blamed his withdrawal on the long Covid layoff, saying the singer would only perform when he was ready to give of his best.
The blow to Bayreuth is considerable. Groissböck has a very large Austro-German fan base.
UPDATE: He makes a srumbling apology on Instagram:
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