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The Vienna Staatsoper has issued a statement in the Austrian press regarding the first night of Rigoletto, in response to an interview given by Paolo Rumetz. We have translated the section concerning Simon. 

 

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31 December 2014: Happy New Year

by Petra on 31 December 2014

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Simon has now withdrawn from the last two performances of Rigoletto at the Vienna  Staatsoper on 30 December and 02 January.

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Simon’s Winterreise with E. Ax is among the Guardian  “critic’s top ten live events”

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24 December 2014: Merry Christmas

by Petra on 24 December 2014

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to everyone

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According to slippedisc.com: “The Spanish press reports are incorrect. It’s the Liceu that cancelled, not the singer. Here’s what Simon tells us through a mutual friend: ‘They wrote very nicely to say that in recent times they just cannot sustain and sell recitals of songs in the opera house and so they are cancelling the series…. but they were so nice and offered to collaborate with an orchestral programme of something else that might be easier for them to sell.’”

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Simon has withdrawn from the performance on 27 December

Simon will not now sing Rigoletto at the Vienna State Opera on 27 December. He will be replaced by Paolo Rumetz.

 

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The Spanish website Codalario has stated that according to an official communication from the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Simon’s recital, due to take place at the theatre on 21 January 2015, has been cancelled. 

The Liceu has now confirmed this on Twitter.

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Simon has withdrawn from tomorrow’s performance

Simon will not sing Rigoletto at the Vienna State Opera tomorrow, 23 December. Paolo Rumetz is now listed in the title role.

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Despite being unwell during the rehearsal period, Simon bravely sang Rigoletto at the premiere in Vienna yesterday. Sadly, he was unable to complete the duet with Gilda in Act 2 and had to withdraw from the performance at that point.

We wish him a very speedy recovery!

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