Gianandrea has canceled his upcoming summer performances after enduring back surgery this past week. He published a letter apologizing for what is ultimately his first cancellations in 20 years.
He recently canceled the remaining performances of “Macbeth” in Torino, but now has decided that in order to make a full recovery and resume some of the latter summer performances, he must make more cancellations, including the Wolf Trap Opera Fest.
Here is his letter in full:
“Dear Friends and Colleagues,
First of all, thank you so much for all of the love and support I have received from my many friends and colleagues around the world.
I am saddened to have to cancel all of my performances until the middle of August. However, Lucia and I have decided to follow very carefully the advice of Prof. Naddeo and that it would be best to take this time for me to make a full and complete recovery so I am physically prepared for the Teatro Regio Torino’s historic residency at the Edinburgh International Festival in the second half of August and to start my new position as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
I cherish my relationships with the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, the Verbier Festival, the Ravinia Festival, and the Mostly Mozart Festival and look forward to returning to those festivals in the coming seasons. I was very much looking forward to my debut at Wolf Trap with the National Symphony Orchestra as well as my inaugural concert as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. next month. Together with my colleagues in Washington, D.C. we will present a special free public concert at a later date.
Once again, Lucia and I are grateful to all of our friends and colleagues all over the world and look forward to seeing you again soon. In the interim, I wish you all a wonderful summer of music and cannot wait to make music with all of you very soon.
With deep gratitude and respect,