We hear from Verona that Julian Kovatchev, music director in Lucca, collapsed with a heart attack last night during a rehearsal at the Arena.
An emergency team administered CPR and intubated the maestro on the stage before rushing him to hospital, where he lies in an induced coma.
Kovatchev, 55, a Bulgarian, is a busy international conductor. He recently underwent heart surgery during a tour in South Korea. We pray for his recovery.