Back in September, I worried out loud about the number of cancelations on the SF Opera schedule. (Since then, Albina Shagimuratova has missed the opening Magic Flute.)
And now the upcoming Meistersinger has been hit by the cancelation curse: A press release tells me that Greer Grimsley, who was supposed to sing Hans Sachs, has withdrawn on account of ongoing health issues. British baritone James Rutherford will sing Sachs. I described him as "woolly-voiced" when he sang Wolfram in the last SFO Tannhauser, and so did Joshua Kosman.