Jonas Kaufmann Cancels All ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ Performances At Royal Opera House Due to COVID-19

By David Salazar

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann has completely withdrawn from the Royal Opera House’s production of “Cavalleria Rusticana” due to COVID-19.

The tenor was originally scheduled to sing the entire run of the double bill that also included the role of Canio in “Pagliacci” but opted out of the Leoncavallo opera when he was diagnosed with COVID-19. He was replaced by Fabio Sartori. He had also canceled the opening night performance of “Cavalleria Rusticana” on July 5 and 8 and was replaced by SeokJong Baek.

Kaufmann was expected to finish out the run of performances of “Cavalleria,” but per a press release from the Royal Opera House, “Mr. Kaufmann is continuing to recover from COVID-19 and is not well enough to sing the remaining performances.” Baek will take over all of Kaufmann’s remaining performances in the run.

The production has been hit hard with COVID-19, causing a number of major cancelations. Tenor Fabio Sartori is also recovering from COVID and had to cancel the July 5, 8, and now 11 performances. Roberto Alagna took over the first two and will sing on the 11th with Sartori expected to make a return for the final three shows on July 14, 17, and 20.

Ermonela Jaho withdrew from all performances of “Pagliacci” due to illness and was replaced by Aleksandra Kurzak in the role of Nedda; Kurzak is also singing the role of Santuzza in “Cavalleria Rusticana” after taking over the role for Anita Rachvelishvili.