Jonas Kaufmann releases his first statement since withdrawing from the MET's Walkure

Written By The Wagnerian on Saturday, 5 May 2012 | 6:13:00 pm

Given the shortage of good heldentenors in the international arena at the moment,  it should come as little surprise that the internet is (to use another cliche) "awash" with  questions as to his wellbeing. With that in mind perhaps any statement from Kaufmann is worth mentioning. His official website now contains the following:

"Dear friends,

I am very sorry that due to illness I had to cancel both Met performances of Die Walkuere. Thank you for all your good wishes, and I look forward to singing for you again soon.
Jonas Kaufmann"

Not much, but there you have it. So, in the meantime, why not watch this: