Rene Pape - or Рене Папе as he's known in Russia - tells Vera Stepanovskaya of Art Lovers Journal he's had enough. After 20 years of solid opera, he's cutting right back.
He's booked up for the next couple of years, but after that he intends to focus more on recital work. Limiting his future opera appearances to one or two a year should leave enough spare time to catch up on his reading as well. Literature and history are his picks - it's time to develop his mind.
More here (in Russian).