Salute Ludovic Tézier, saviour of world opera

Salute Ludovic Tézier, saviour of world opera


norman lebrecht

September 06, 2021

The French baritone Ludovic Tézier, as Scarpia, shone in a lacklustre Salzburg Tosca with the Netrebko two weeks ago, a performance so poor they cancelled the broadcast.

Straight after opening night he was driven down to Graz to rescue a Jonas Kaufmann-Kristine Opolais Tosca from which Bryn Terfel had withdrawn at the last minute.

This weekend he spared the blushes of the Vienna State Opera on its reopening night, replacing Erwin Schrott who had suffered an unspecified injury in a weary 622nd performance of Margarethe Wallmann’s creaking production.

Salute M. Tézier. He is a one-man rescue mission for the entire opera industry.



  • Anthony Sayer says:

    I’ll bet his bank manager’s happy, too.

  • Frank says:

    It takes more than three productions to save an entire industry, but indeed, hats off to Ludovic Tézier for his ‘can do’ attitude. As a singer you have to make money while you have the voice and energy to do so.

  • Zvi says:

    If to judge by the photos it’s Kaufmann who saves the day …

  • Anthony Sayer says:

    Austria is decidedly fertile territory for Ludo at the moment.

  • Tom Phillips says:

    Far superior to each of those he replaced. If only we were so lucky to get him at the Met.

  • Ernest says:

    … and he is a great singer too!