Elvis Costello has joined a growing list of summer snubbers — Sydney Festival acts who only want to be seen and not heard.
Since he arrived earlier this week, Costello, the best-known act on this year's festival bill, has rejected constant requests for interviews from the press.
Costello is here with wife and singer Diana Krall, whom he met on a previous visit to Australia.
Yesterday, the elusive singer submitted to having his photo taken while rehearsing with the Brodsky Quartet at the City Recital Hall.
Wearing sunglasses and a multi-coloured scarf, Costello (real name Declan McManus) sounded in fine voice.
Perhaps he'd warmed it up during his impromptu performance with Russell Crowe at Newtown's Vanguard on Wednesday night.
After a single song yesterday he gave a simple "that's it" and the photographers filed out.
None of which seems to have harmed his ticket sales, with just a few spare seats left to Costello's four separate performances with the Brodsky Quartet, Steve Nieve and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, starting tonight.