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Joyce DiDonato’s Carmen is cancelled due to conductor’s health – SlippediscSlippedisc

norman lebrecht

February 25, 2023

Message from the American mezzo:

I am heartbroken to hear the news of John Nelson’s health which has made necessary his withdrawal from our planned concerts and recording of ‘Carmen.’ My singular, heartfelt wish is for his swift and complete recovery. John is not only a treasured friend, but one of my most trusted, long-term musical partners.

It is with a most heavy heart that this situation gives way to my withdrawal from singing the title role in these concerts. Carmen is a role I never sought out, yet John’s invitation to perform her under his most refined, scrupulous, and deeply authentic guidance was one I could not pass up. The chance to discover her, and debut the role with a particular shared vision, and in his trusted hands, is unfortunately no longer possible at this time.

I am, of course, deeply sorry for any of the beloved public who will be disappointed to not hear “my” Carmen, but please understand, “my” Carmen was only intended to be a union of my individual approach and John’s trusted guidance on the podium. My sincere hope is that we may find the way to reschedule, so this unique and very specific collaboration can still happen one day soon.

Let’s work not to see this as bad news, but instead welcome the positive news that John’s prognosis is strong, and that he is surrounded by an incredible community of people who love him. I know he will welcome your understanding and best intentions.

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