José Cura will sing Otello instead of Johan Botha
Serious illness has compelled Johan Botha to cancel all his performances until the end of March 2016. To his great regret, this includes Otello with Christian Thielemann at the Salzburg Easter Festival. The Festival also very much regrets this cancellation, and would like to wish Johan Botha all the best and a speedy recovery.
Fortunately, we have succeeded at very short notice in engaging one of the world’s most in-demand tenors for the title role: José Cura will sing Otello, a role that he has already sung several times in the course of his career, including at the Zurich Opera House, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and the Vienna State Opera. José Cura is particularly celebrated for his interpretations of the Italian repertoire. Besides roles such as Rodolfo (La bohème), Don José (Carmen) Turridu (Cavalleria rusticana), Edgar, Stiffelio and Cavaradossi (Tosca), his star roles are above all in the heldentenor repertoire: Canio (Pagliacci), Dick Johnson (La fanciulla del West), Samson (Samson et Dalila), Calaf (Turandot) and, as here in Salzburg, Otello.
The Salzburg Easter Festival would like to express its heartfelt thanks to José Cura for his willingness to take on this role.