Five years almost to the day since his last Wagner-related injury, Antonio Pappano has once more been struck down by the Curse of The Ring.
The Royal Opera House report the maestro is suffering from "acute tendonitis in his right elbow" - aka tennis elbow - following a string of heavy-duty engagements including Otello, Les Troyens, several concerts with his Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and of course The Ring. This means he has to pull out of the ROH revival of The Minotaur in the new year, to be replaced by Ryan Wigglesworth.
Coincidentally, Franz Welser-Möst recently suffered a similar affliction. He's now back on his podium. Perhaps they could get together and share tips?
Then again, perhaps not.