Jonas Kaufmann has announced, via his official website, that he will not be singing at the annual Nobel Prize ceremony scheduled for Dec. 8, 2017. The cancellation is the latest in a series from the German tenor who announced two months ago that he had to go into vocal rest due to a haematoma caused by medication.
“Dear Friends, I’m so sorry that my cancellations have been the source of a lot of disappointment and frustration over the past few weeks. Of course, I can understand the irritation of all those who had organized the expensive trips to come and listen to me,” he wrote to announce his cancellations of a series of performances of Offenbach’s “Les Contes de Hoffmann” at the Paris National Opera last October. “Unfortunately, the performance of a voice of singer cannot be guaranteed and sometimes a singer is facing events that require it to take a long rest.
“When I noticed that something was wrong with my voice, at first I thought it was a beginning of infection. The medical examination, however, has given a different result: the side effects of a medicine made burst a small blood vessel on my vocal cords. To avoid permanent damage, I have to stop singing until the haematoma has completely subsided.”
Prior to the “Hoffmann” cancellations, the world-renowned tenor canceled concerts in Omiya and Stockholm. Kaufmann is scheduled to return to the stage for a production of Wagner’s “Lohengrin” at the Paris Opera and is also scheduled to do a residency in London at the Barbican for a series of concerts. He is also scheduled to climb the Mount Everest of the dramatic tenor repertoire when he makes his role debut in the role of Verdi’s “Otello” at the Royal Opera House.
Kaufmann is widely seen as one of the greatest living tenors who has sung all over the world. His discography is one of the most varied and immense, and his concerts and staged productions are generally sold out.