Despite Met Opera ‘Tosca’ Cancellation, Jonas Kaufmann Still Slated to Perform in NYC in 2017-18

By David Salazar

Despite cancelling his performances of “Tosca” at the Metropolitan Opera, Jonas Kaufmann is still slated to perform in New York next season.

In addition to his engagements with the Met, the tenor was still scheduled for a performance of the second act of “Tristan und Isolde” at Carnegie Hall with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

New York Times Reporter Michael Cooper, who broke the Met cancellation story, confirmed that the Boston Symphony Orchestra remained confident that Kaufmann would still perform in the scheduled concert on April 12, 2018.


Kaufmann’s management reportedly told Met general manager Peter Gelb that the tenor was “rethinking his schedule because of his personal life and professional obligations” and would not have the time to rehearse and perform the new “Tosca” production.

That run is set to last nine performances from Dec. 31, 2017, through Jan. 27, 2017, a far greater obligation than the one with Boston.

Kaufmann has made headlines all throughout the last six months due to numerous cancellations. In October, the tenor cancelled performances after announcing that side effects from medication had caused a haematoma. After that, he committed to remaining on vocal rest until his haematoma “completely subsided.” This forced him to cancel numerous engagements, including a debut in Monte Carlo, the Grand Opening concert Hamburg as well as the Nobel Prize ceremony.

He recently returned to the stage with a production of “Lohengrin” in Paris and is slated to sing “Andrea Chénier” in Munich next week alongside frequent collaborator Anja Harteros.