First stop for many ticket buyers will be Jonas Kaufmann's Winterreise on 6 April. Not the most obvious choice of repertoire, either for Kaufmann or for the venue, but any Jonas is better than none. Tickets are likely to go quickly.
Ramón Vargas must have a pretty impressive address book. After Stephen Costello and Ferruccio Furlanetto pulled out of a charity concert he'd arranged, Vargas wasted no time in grabbing a couple of top-tier subs.
It was Verdi nearly all the way - Vargas sang an aria from Luisa Miller, Kaufmann picked La forza del destino and Juan Diego Flórez La donna è mobile, while Michael Schade went for local boy Mozart and the portrait aria from Zauberflöte. The original multi-tenor member Plácido Domingo got in on the act too, with a special video message.
Kaufmann - I think the only reason why there are tenor jokes is that we tenors can handle them well. The baritones can't.
Domingo - Tenors are what the viola players are to the orchestra. Someone has to be a lightning rod.
Kaufmann - There are more baritones. A really good baritone is therefore just about the best of the best. A tenor can be just a voice and nothing else. As a tenor you can have a career that would probably not be possible for a baritone.
Domingo - If Franco Corelli cancelled Tosca, then Carlo Bergonzi, Richard Tucker, Giacomo Aragall, Sándor Kónya and Luciano Pavarotti were ready to stand in. And what about today when Jonas is sick? I couldn't take over any longer. In Verdi and Puccini in fact I see a desert. So you have to be nice to Jonas and treat him very well.