"With deep regret Angela Gheorghiu has to announce that she has to withdraw just from the first six performances of the new production of CARMEN at the MET later this year due to personal reasons. She will appear in the title role of CARMEN as scheduled on April 28 and May 1, 2010".
That was the message posted on Angela's own website earlier today.
Fascinatingly, the Don Jose for those first six performances is none other than Mr Gheorghiu.
And even more fascinatingly, he predicted the whole thing way back in April, in front of a small interview audience at Covent Garden. He said they were unlikely to perform together again in the near future because it's so much hard work for Angela being on stage with two people at once - meaning the character and the husband. You might think acting lessons would be a simpler answer, but then nothing's ever simple where these two are involved.
With Elina Garanca replacing Angela, lucky Met audiences will instead be able to catch the same pairing that the Royal Opera House will have showcased a couple of months beforehand.
For the April and May Met performances Angela will be joined by reluctant secksy-symbol Jonas Kaufmann. So no problems there.