Anja Harteros Cancels Hamburg Grand Opening Concert, Replaced By Camilla Tilling

By David Salazar

Anja Harteros is no longer singing the Hamburg Grand Opening Concert on Jan. 11, 2017.

The concert, which inaugurates the Elbphilharmonie season, will now feature Camilla Tilling alongside Pavol Breslik, Philippe Jaroussky and Bryn Terfel among others.

The concert was one of the hottest tickets around heading into the winter season as it was supposed to feature Harteros singing alongside famed tenor Jonas Kaufmann. The two have been seen singing such operas as “Don Carlo,” “Lohengrin” and “Il Trovatore” among others all around Europe to astonishing reviews.

But neither Harteros or Kaufmann will make an appearance. The German tenor cancelled his involvement in this event a few weeks back and was replaced by Breslik. Kaufmann has been on vocal rest for a few months now and recently cancelled performances at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony and a recital in Monte Carlo. He is supposed to be appearing in “Lohengrin” in Paris next month, but that engagement looks more and more unlikely.

But someone’s loss is another’s gain and this will be an opportunity for Tilling to make her mark in a big spot. The Swedish soprano has appeared at New York City Opera, the Royal Opera House, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Metropolitan Opera House and La Scala among other major houses.