So it seems our White Shirt “Ariodante” cheering line for May needs some adjustments, since DiDonato just announced that she will not be doing the European part of the upcoming “Ariodante” tour (but the North-American part: yes).
Our stops in London, Vienna, Hamburg and Paris will, however, get the chance to hear Alice Coote instead, which can in no way be called bad news. So while I am sad I will not get to hear DiDonato with this, I am thrilled I will finally get to hear Coote’s live take, on the heels of her CAC run in the same role this past winter.
(Of course, DiDonato being a class act and overall extraordinary human being, she does announce this in person, and personal, and with apologies, and completely casually mentions on the side that she withdraws for health reasons (it’s explained in the video; since she seems to wish to draw no additional attention to it, I won’t reiterate it here) – and passing on a part with “My Prince Charming gets to take over” (with video snippet) is, of course, pretty much taking the cake of cancelation announcements.
Good news meanwhile is that the upcoming “Troyens” in Strasbourg are recorded (for commercial release or radio?), so there is more JDD this spring also Europe-side, even if not as much live as we may have hoped.
(I am SO glad I went to catch “In War & Peace” when I could, though)
Concerts and RECORDING! Bring it on.