I am so very sorry not to have been able to come to Paris to sing Tosca for a public so very special to me. I had hoped to be able to return for at least some of the performances but my medical team has insisted that I extend my convalescence somewhat longer. I would never want to disappoint all the people who honor me by wishing to hear me, but unfortunately we singers are also athletes, and even a slight disturbance such as the one I have experienced can prevent us from performing at our best. Since it is of course only my best, which I would ever wish to present to the public in Paris, as well as everywhere else, I am unfortunately obliged to withdraw. I look forward to being back with you as soon as possible and thank you all again for your kindness, well-wishes and understanding.
Photos: Christine Cerletti
Jonas Kaufmann starring as Don José in Bizet's Carmen at the Staatsoper Hamburg in April.