Ok, the headline is a bit over the top, but the vocal recitals at La Scala have been having a spot of bad luck recently, especially seeing that there are only seven recitals each season.
Just over a year ago Daniela Barcellona gave a concert postponed from January because of a ‘sudden illness’. Diana Damrau, having moved a recital to 21 October 2012 because of illness, then cancelled the new date because of her pregnancy. There was no further scheduling, and subscription series ticket holders found a cheque in the post. Three weeks later in November, Rolando Villazón cancelled due to a tracheitis; here there was no talk of rescheduling and, hey presto, another cheque. Now Daniel Barenboim has had to pull out of his recital with Barbara Frittoli.
A statement from Teatro alla Scala reads:
A fall on his back last October has caused Maestro Daniel Barenboim some difficulty in his movements which has, with time, caused him severe pain in his right hip and leg. Since October Il Maestro has been able to fulfil all his commitments. However, the continuing problem requires that Maestro Barenboim receives intensive medical treatment in Berlin. Therefore he will be unable to perform in Barbara Frittoli’s recital, and will miss the first three performances of Götterdämmerung, but he is confident that he will be able to resume work at the end of May.