Jonas Kaufmann cancels Vienna

Jonas Kaufmann cancels Vienna


norman lebrecht

January 24, 2023

The tenor has dropped out of tonight’s Aida at the Vienna State Opera.

His replacement is Jorge de León.

So much for the all-star Aida.


  • ebbaanders says:

    But he sang on 14., 18., 21. in Aida. So much for the all-star Aida.

  • Bloom says:

    He has sounded and looked alarmingly unwell since December. I guess he needs a loooonger break, not just days or weeks, but months, if he can afford one, to make a full recovery and to return to something that can be called a “decent” shape. Good luck!

  • Tom Phillips says:

    At this point its news on the exceedingly few occasions that he DOES perform.

  • Ernest says:

    Isn’t he overparted in Verdi?

  • Merville says:

    L’état vocal de Kaufmann est actuellement désastreux.Il a vraiment besoin de se reposer.

  • Madeleine Richardson says:

    Kaufmann cancels a lot. Whatever anyone might think of Domingo, it was exceptional for him to back out of a commitment. It’s rough luck for opera goers, who have shelled out a small fortune, to hear that a star performer has reneged, again.

  • Marcell N. says:

    He has cancelled his aria evening too at Müpa Budapest on 28 January. We are currently negotiating a new date.

  • Jane says:

    You have to be in tip top health to sing. This is not always achievable. Singers do their best but the public needs to be patient about cancellations. Singing when unwell may compromise the voice forever and may certainly jeopardise more performances in the run. You would not expect an athlete to run on an injury. Have you tried singing on an upper respiratory tract infection?

  • Pat says:

    In fact Jorge de Leon is a beautiful tenor. Much more Radames than Kauffman. I agree with other comments. Kauffman’s voice is a really bad these last years.

  • Odette says:

    How come I am not surprised at all? Five times I have tried to hear Kaufmann live, three times he has not turned up ( Paris Tosca, London Cavalleria and now Aida) The man is a fake attracting loads of audience through marketing devices that worked in the past but no longer ( he was nice, natural, friendly, handsome, you name it. He no longer is. He is getting on and his voice has developed alongside with his good looks.