“Prince Charles‘s harpist, 27 leaves husband for Britain’s biggest opera star Bryn Terfel, 48″ [Daily Mail]
Prince Charles has a harpist?! Is she a one-off or does he possess a full-scale orchestra?
It’s the Daily Mail. Probably mangled.
No, he really does. It’s theoretically due to the symbolism of the harp & Wales.
A lovely tradition, and good for Prince Charles for reviving it.
All copies of the Daily Mail should be mangled.
The Daily Mail is the best free entertainment on the Internet. I open their website every morning and get more belly laughs than I can count.
Well of a sudden Terfel now leaves wife and several children. There was a time he would cancel because his son had a broken nail or something. Guess the children are not important anymore. What a woman will do to a man :) Perhaps he said if Kaufmann can do so can I.
Wait…who did Kaufmann leave his wife for?
Don’t think she is famous but she is also blonde and was sitting in the front row of his Liederabend recently.
Thank you, Feld. I am still sad for ex-wife, though.
Well it must be difficult when you have children since the wife cannot just come along. Some artits like Florez, Harteros, Callas, Pankratova, Schwanewilms and others have partners who can come along but if there are children you can either do what Damrau does and take them with you but the time will come when they get bigger and then they have to go to school. Then look at poor Schäfer and Kühmeier but young widows with little children.
Heard that the woman close to Kaufmann has dark hair and was sitting in his Liederabend……
Not sure what’s up or down with the people of Melbourne, Australia but tickets for Kaufmann’s performance were not moving, going at a 60% discount. In Sydney too?
They seriously over-estimated how much people were prepared to pay for a tenor who has rarely (ever?) performed here, and has little fanbase outside of opera devotees who follow overseas news. I heard that his singing in Sydney was remarkable, but overall the concert itself was vaguely disappointing, with lots of empty seats and a half-hearted program.
Four encores and standing ovation lasting 20 minutes+. Rave reviews.
Australia has the world’s best opera house. Problem is, its outside is in Sydney, its inside in Melbourne.
Brown hair with highlights? She was with him in NY for Werther.
Terfel separation was about a year ago. JK separated some months ago.
Correction: Terfel *divorce* was two years ago, ending a 30-year marriage. I say the man deserves the freedom at this point.
Terfel and his wife have been separated for over a year. He clearly didn’t leave his family for the girl he is in a relationship with now, in fact his wife left him for a football player. Sometimes, it’s the other way around, even in opera!
And if -- mind you, if -- the Daily Mail is to be believed, it was an ultimatum from said departed (in the article described as ‘uncomplaining’)wife that caused the cancellation which FM vaguely recalls above:
I don’t know any guy who’d get out of the office because his kid had broken a thumb, but there you go.
Gareth Bale? That’s the only Welsh footballer I can think of.
I was thinking of the same thing. He couldn’t sing because of his son’s hangnail (and was defended here) but it’s somehow okay to break up your family for a young floozy? What a putz Terfel is.
Thank goodness you’re here to let us know that she’s a floozy.
I thanked goodness, not you.
I think the most damning thing I’ve learned about Peter Gelb so far is that Operassport considers him a convivial luncheon companion.
After a character reference like that, I’d be willing to believe the man eats small children for breakfast.
Assuming facts not in evidence, surprise :)
Even worse, it seems that Gelb considers operassport a convivial luncheon companion.
Lunch? I’d imagine the Peter Gelb/operassport “convo” to involve diapers, a pacifier, paddles …
If it even happened, this “luncheon”.
@ blue: oh, it took place. You can be sure of that. And Gelb would do it again.
BTW I ran into Grace Bumbry in Salzburg and chatted with her briefly. She will be coming for a Liederabend nach München in the coming season at the Herculessaal. She looked great and was very gracious and friendly.
She was my first Lady M.
Fekdmarschallin -- I saw Grace Bumbry do an all
Brahms Liederabend in Salzburg in 1965. She had been studying lieder with Lotte Lehmann and the
Brahms songs (many rather sad or mooody) suited her Mezzo voice and it was
a very sucessful evening for her with the public --
1965 was the first Salzburg Festival after the end
of the Schwarzkopf/Seefried era (neither appeared
in Salzburg after 1964) and their female replacements in the lieder series that year were Bumbry (all Brahms with Beaumont Glass pianist) and Lear (all Wolf wih Erich Werba). The other recitalists were Fischer-Dieskau all Beethoven), Prey
(Schubert) and Walter Berry and Fritz Wunderlich
in mixed programs. Fischer-Dieskau, Prey, Souzay,
Christa Ludwig had been fixtures in the lieder series which was re-established after WWII in
1954 when Schwarzkopf and Seefried both sang recitals. Lotte Lehmann had regularly given lieder recitals in Salzburg up through 1937 but
that was her last year in Salzburg and the tradition of lieder recitals was pretty much dropped in the period 1938-1954 except in 1945 when Patzak, Cebotari, Ludwig Weber among others gave concerts with lieder (and some arias).
Bumbry also sang Lady MacBeth in Salzburg 1965 (not carried over in 1966) as well as an all Schubert liederabend there in 1966 and an all Schumann liederabend in 1967 in the tradition at Salzburg at the time of featuring one composer only in a complete lieder recital. Bumbry’s all Brahms lieder recital in 1965 was a considerable success -- and she had a wonderful warm rapport with the audience. If she is singing a recital in Munich next season it will have been almost 50 years since the
Salzburg 1965 event -- remarkable !
But would anyone really want to hear Bumbry at this very late stage? Even if allowing for the necessary vocal and artistic concessions?
Thanks Bill for your great stories on Bumbry and Salzburg. I heard her twice live, once in the mid to late 80’s in the Herkuleessaal in the concert series that had Sutherland and Bergonzi as well and then once later in Alice Tully Hall where I also recall she sang Brahms. She lives in Salzburg you know.
Surely Jane Eaglen is “Britain’s biggest opera star “…
No, she’s Seattle’s “biggest” opera star.
not anymore…haven’t seen or heard from her in years, and she was absent at the Jenkins Farewell Gala.
She still lives there.
I thought she’d moved to Boston to teach at NEC after having taught at BW in Cleveland.
Good catch — guess I haven’t been reading my NEC newsletters.
Katherine Jenkins gave a farewell gala? Can’t believe anyone missed that.????
Many thanks, Krunoslav! You’ve gotten my week off to a good start. Love those lol cats!
I think her husband is much sexier. But who knows. Want compelling outline for libretto with completed choreography and staging? Leave it to the Daily Wail to provide us with the perfect opera. Desperately seeking composer. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2727579/Pictured-The-moment-demonstrator-34-shot-Ferguson-riots-police-fire-teargas-protestors-ANOTHER-night-violence-begins.html
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