Joseph Calleja Cancels Munich Performances due to Surgery

By Francisco Salazar

Joseph Calleja has canceled his upcoming performances of Verdi’s “La Traviata” due to surgery.

The tenor said via social media, “It is with great regret that I will have to renounce to my performances as Alfredo at the Bayerischer Staatsoper in Munich. This is due to some minor surgery I need to address chronic Gastroesophageal reflux disease that has worsened in recent years. I expect to fully recover by the end of May and look forward to my performances in Parsifal in my Bayreuth debut in June. I am so sorry to disappoint many of you who were looking forward to hearing me, but I promise to be back in Munich soon!”

The Bayerische Staatsoper has announced that Charles Castronovo will replace Calleja on April 20 and  23 while Freddie de Tommaso will take over the performance on April 26.

Calleja next performed at the Bayreuth Festival in a new production of “Parsifal,” which he is scheduled to open on July 25, 2023.