Tenor Placido Domingo has canceled his appearance in Wagner's "Die Walkuere" in Paris in April, citing a lack of time to prepare for the production by avant-garde director Robert Wilson.

Tenor Placido Domingo has canceled his appearance in Wagner's "Die Walkuere" in Paris in April, citing a lack of time to prepare for the production by avant-garde director Robert Wilson. A replacement has not yet been named, the Theatre du Chatelet said yesterday (Feb. 13).

"Unfortunately, my timetable does not allow me to be fully devoted to such intensive work. Rather than performing an approximation of [Wilson's] conception, it is my duty... to withdraw so that another singer, who will have more rehearsal time, can make that conception his own," Domingo said in a statement released by the theater.

According to Le Monde newspaper, the cancellation was not related to Domingo's recent struggles with an inflamed windpipe, which caused him to step down from several performances at the New York Metropolitan Opera this month.

The "Die Walkuere" production began last fall with Peter Seiffert as Siegmund, the role Domingo was to play in April. The performance is conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.

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