The star Mexican tenor quit a Berlin concert with Daniel Barenboim on Monday night after singing two Mozart arias. He returned after the interval and apologised to the audience. Barenboim explained that he had been suffering for a week with a cold.
The planned European premiere of an Elliott Carter song suite had to be postponed. Disappointed concertgoers will be compensated with a CD. Report here (auf Deutsch).
UPDATE: Apparently, Chancellor Merkel was in the audience and visited the artists backstage.
Villazon’s performing career has been erratic since he returned from a surgical sabbatical in 2008. He is developing sidelines as an opera director and television presenter.
Villazon, signing his new DG contract
2nd UPDATE: We hear that Villazon did sing the Carter songs at Tuesday night’s repeat concert – no reviews yet.
3rd UPDATE: Villazon - the official version.