Jonas Kaufmann Cancels Final Concert At The Barbican In London

By Francisco Salazar

Jonas Kaufmann has cancelled his final performance at the Barbican.

The tenor sent out a message on Facebook that stated,  “Dear Friends, Jonas deeply regrets that because he has bronchitis his concert at the Barbican is cancelled. In due course they hope to reschedule this concert to a future date. Thomas Voigt.”

The concert was to have included Strauss’ “Vier letzte Lieder” finalizing Kaufmann’s residency with the Barbican. The cancellation also comes weeks after his comeback in January for performances of Wagner’s “Lohengrin” at the Paris National Opera. He then went to the Barbican where he took up a residence and did a number of concerts with music from Mahler and Wagner.

Back in October the tenor announced that the side effects of a medicine had caused a haematoma. He stated,” To avoid permanent damage, I have to stop singing until the haematoma has completely subsided.” However the amount of cancellations led to several speculations on when he would return to the stage. The tenor cancelled a debut in Monte Carlo and a Grand Opening concert Hamburg as well as the Nobel Prize ceremony.

After so much speculation on his return, the tenor made a triumphant return as Lohengrin. Following his cancellation, Kaufmann is next scheduled for a new production  of Giordano’s “Andrea Chenier” with Anja Harteros” at the Bayerische Staatsoper. He also returned to the Wiener Staatsoper for Puccini’s ‘Tosca” before he ends the season with Verdi’s “Otello” at the Royal Opera.