In San Francisco it went almost unnoticed among my friends that Nathan Gunn had withdrawn from Show Boat. He was replaced by Michael Todd Simpson, a newcomer.
First Anna Netrebko withdrew from Faust at Baden Baden because she found she simply couldn't sing it. I think she just waited too long. Then it was announced that Angela Gheorghiu would replace her, and now Angela has withdrawn because the production was not done specifically for her. She had a production created for her in Vienna, and now she wants it written into her contract. This is the most divaish reason I have ever heard.
Then Jonas Kaufmann withdrew from a concert with Bryn Terfel in Zurich for personal reasons. If I were them I think I wouldn't be talking to him.
And have you ever seen this? This is the Met production. Have you ever seen this much fooling around in this scene? They certainly didn't do this in the simulcast with Racette.