By Frank Cadenhead [Opera Today, 9 May 2012]
Casting changes continue at the Bayreuth Festival, now only three months
away. Tenor Lars Clevemann, who sang the title role of Tannh‰user last
year, has withdrawn from the role this year. “This was at his own
request” explains Festival spokesman Peter Emmerich. He will be replaced
by Torsten Kerl.