Juan Diego Flórez Cancels Metropolitan Opera Gala

By Francisco Salazar

There has been another  major change to the Metropolitan Opera’s gala this Sunday.

The big news is the cancellation of Juan Diego Flórez from the 50th Anniversary Gala.

Flórez announced the news on his website stating, “It is with much regret that I have to cancel my participation at the MET Gala due to an indisposition. I send the best wishes to all my friends and colleagues for a wonderful celebration. Thanks for your understanding.”

This was to have been the tenor’s first appearance with the company since 2015. Now audiences will have to wait until 2018-19 when he is scheduled to perform Verdi’s “La Traviata” alongside Diana Damrau.

It is the second major cancellation for the gala as Rolando Villazón mysteriously disappeared from the list of guests a few days of ago.

Flórez recently premiered a new production of Massenet’s “Werther” at the Opernhaus Zurich and announced that the production would be released on DVD. The tenor next performs at Royal Albert Hall before going to Spain for two concerts.