When the rumour was aired that Plácido Domingo would sing the baritone role of Luna in Il Trovatore, at the 2013 Salzburg Festival, most of us suspected the Austrian press of slipping too much schnapps into their coffee.
But it turns out you can't keep an old baritenor down. Only the timing and location were wrong.
Plácido will sing his first Luna at the Staatsoper Berlin this November, under the baton of Daniel Barenboim.
At his side will be another debutant - Anna Netrebko, more predictably cast as Leonora.