Luca Pisaroni To Replace Thomas Quasthoff in Lincoln Center Recital

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The fallout from bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff's sudden retirement from the concert stage is beginning to be felt around the classical music business.

Lincoln Center will announce today that Luca Pisaroni, the Italian bass-baritone, will step in for Quasthoff in his joint recital with tenor Michael Schade at Alice Tully Hall on March 25. Pisaroni, who is currently appearing in the Metropolitan Opera's production of The Enchanted Island, has previously performed alongside Schade on the opera stage.

Quasthoff announced his retirement on Jan. 11, citing unspecified health problems. The 52-year-old singer plans to continue teaching and overseeing a song competition.

Elsewhere, Quastoff's March recital with Schade at Boston's Jordan Hall has been cancelled.

At Lincoln Center, Schade will sing lieder by Mozart and Schumann while Pisaroni will present selections by Schubert and Brahms. The two will also perform duets by Mendelssohn, Schumann and others. Pianist Justus Zeyen will join the two singers.