That "reluctantly" makes all the difference, doesn't it?
Villazón does, however, does offer some consolation to the Baden-Baden audience by agreeing to a third concert performance of the opera “Werther” by Jules Massenet on the 14th of June 2009 in the Festspielhaus, alongside Elina Garanca. The first two performances on the 7th and 10th of June 2009 have already sold out.
The Festspielhaus Baden-Baden is offering a full refund to patrons who have already purchased tickets to “Jolanthe” should they decide not to attend. However, Artistic and Managing Director Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser believes that “many opera lovers will come to Baden-Baden to see Anna Netrebko, Valery Gergiev and the St. Petersburg Marrinsky Theatre Ensemble, and will forgive Rolando his withdrawal”.