George Gagnidze Cancels ‘Il Tabarro’ at BBC Proms

By Francisco Salazar

George Gagnidze has canceled the BBC Proms performance of “Il Tabarro.”

The baritone took to social media and said, “I am very sad to announce that I’m forced to cancel tomorrow’s  ‘Il Tabarro’ at the BBC Proms due to bronchitis. This is my first cancellation in a very long time and it was a difficult step to take. I was so much looking forward to returning to London and to the Royal Albert Hall, singing for the first time under the baton of the great Maestro Sir Mark Elder. But health must come first now. Wishing everyone Toi Toi Toi for tomorrow’s show!”

This is the fourth cast change for the performance which saw Daniela Barcellona, Ivan Gyngazov, and Jung Soon Yun withdraw and be replaced by Annunziata Vestri, Adam Smith, and Shengzhi Ren.

Lucio Gallo will replace Gagnidze in the role of Michele and Sir Mark Elder will conduct his orchestra the Halle and the Philharmonia Voices. The opera will also star Alasdair Elliott, Simon Shibambu, and Natalya Romaniw

The Prom 19 program will also include Paul Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and Ottorino Respighi’s “Fountains of Rome.”