Rolando Villazon has canceled his upcoming performances at the Vienna State Opera of Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.”
The Vienna State Opera announced the news on Friday. Villazon cited illness and will be replaced by Jinxu Xiahou. The tenor was scheduled for performances on Jun 22, 25 and 28, 2017.
It marks the third high-profile cancellation for the tenor in the past months. It all began with cancellations at the Royal Opera House when he announced his withdrawal from “L’Elisir d’Amore” followed by a withdrawal at the Metropolitan Opera’s 50th-anniversary gala.
Unfortunately, Villazón had been on quite a run over the last few years after struggling with chronic cancellations between 2006-2010 due to vocal difficulties.
The tenor is still scheduled for “La Clemenza di Tito” at the Baden-Baden Festival, which will be recorded for Deutsche Grammophon. He is also scheduled for “Ariodante” at the Salzburg Festival and will go on tour with Ildar Abdrazakov.