Andreas Schager rescues the second Walküre in Baden-Baden
Jonas Kaufmann cancelled his attendance for Sunday July 10th for health reasons
Unfortunately our hopes could not be fulfilled: Jonas Kaufmann will also be unable to sing in our second concert performance of Die Walküre tomorrow, Sunday, July 10, 2016. The artist informed us today (Saturday) that his health has not yet recovered to an extent that would have allowed him to participate.
Young Austrian heldentenor Andreas Schager will be rescuing the second Walküre performance. He is currently rehearsing for his appearance as Erik in Der fliegende Holländer at the Bayreuther Festspiele, and he will later also be singing Parsifal in Bayreuth. Tomorrow he will be taking on the role of Siegmund, joining our world-class ensemble that includes Eva-Maria Westbroek (Sieglinde), Evelyn Herlitzius (Brünnhilde), Ekaterina Gubanova (Fricka), René Pape (Wotan), and Mikhail Petrenko (Hunding).
The first concert performance of Die Walküre, despite Jonas Kaufmann’s absence and not least thanks to Valery Gergiev and St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Orchestra, was “a performance worthy of the festival,” as the Badische Zeitung reported today. Artistic Director Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser promises that tomorrow evening will also provide musical enjoyment at the very highest level, wishing Andreas Schager the best of success for his Baden-Baden debut. “His career is currently moving forward at a breathtaking pace, and whatever the circumstances may be, it’s great that we’ll be hearing him at the Festival Hall so soon.”