Beautiful stranger

Contrary to previous reports, Jonas Kaufmann says he is not dating Madonna.

Ready, aim…

The prenegotiation negotiating has begun: “Including staff benefits, Gelb [pictured, right] says a full-time chorus member at the Met earns an astonishing $300,000 (£180,000) a year, while the players of the Met Orchestra earn more than any orchestra in the US.” [Times of London – paywalled, sorry!]