Renée Fleming is out of tomorrow night's performance of "A Tribute to Toscanini" at NYC’s Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic and the Symphonica Toscanini, which was organized to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Arturo Toscanini's passing. The h0tness that is bass René Pape will sing instead.
Almost exactly a year ago, she had pulled out of the Mozart 250th concert in Salzburg.
Maestro Muti was quoted last year in The New York Times about her cancellation. He could not understand "why Ms. Fleming had traveled all the way from New York to Salzburg only to discover at a late hour that the piece was not right for her voice. The program was printed a year ago."
Whatever the reason, let's all be thankful that Pape was available /not Bartoli.