"Even though my kids are getting bigger and bigger all the time, they still need me," he said. "There are lots of things, school and private life, that they need to discuss or want to discuss with their father. So, you see, that's the thing. And I could have said I need a sabbatical or whatever, that's not the case. I just need to reschedule my daily life so that it somehow works for everyone, including the opera."
"I feel that I cannot allow myself to have such long periods away from my family at this time," he said in a statement issues through his agents. "I look forward to returning to the Met in the near future. I also look forward to my appearances at Carnegie Hall next season in a recital and as soloist with the Boston Symphony."