News: Placido Domingo withdraws from ROH Tamerlano

The great Spanish tenor is forced to back out of sold-out performances due to illness

22 February 2010

Placido Domingo as TamerlanoThe Royal Opera House has announced that Placido Domingo will no longer appear in his scheduled March 2010 performances of Handel's Tamerlano at Covent Garden. He will be replaced by Kurt Streit.

In a press release, the company stated:

'Plácido Domingo has regretfully withdrawn from the role of Bajazet in Handel’s Tamerlano at the Royal Opera House which he was scheduled to sing on 5, 8, 11, 15 and 20 March.

'After being in physical discomfort and lower abdominal pain for over a week during his performances in Tokyo, Plácido Domingo decided to return to New York for a complete physical check-up.  According to his representative, Nancy Seltzer, "his doctors have determined that he needs to undergo ‘medically recommended preventive surgery’.  After surgery they will have a better idea when Plácido Domingo will return to his performing schedule.  It is hoped that it will be in about six weeks."

'Although it is not customary Royal Opera House policy, in recognition of the withdrawal of such an exceptional artist in a rarely-performed opera, we will be contacting all ticket holders with details of a 20% credit note. 

'We are delighted that leading American tenor Kurt Streit who was originally due to sing the role of Bajazet  on 13 and 17 March will now sing all performances.

'Kurt Streit made his debut at the Royal Opera House as Ferrando (Così fan tutte) in 1992 and returned to sing the role in 1997.  Other roles with The Royal Opera include Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Cassio (Otello), Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Johnny Inkslinger (Paul Bunyan), Jupiter (Semele), Prunier (La rondine), Don Anchise (La finta giardiniera) and Boris Grigorjevič (ťa Kabanová).  He is currently performing the role of Marquis (The Gambler).  This is his debut in the role of Bajazet.

'The rest of the cast remains unchanged with Christianne Stotijn in the title role, Christine Schäfer and Sarah Fox as Asteria on 5, 8, 11, 15, 20 March and 13 and 17 March respectively, Sara Mingardo as Andronico, Renata Pokupic as Irene and Vito Priante as Leone.  Ivor Bolton conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in all performances.'

by Dominic McHugh

Photo: Placido Domingo in Tamerlano.

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