The Russian-Austrian soprano tells Das Opernglas, out today, that she has set aside the whole of April to master the German language, in readiness for her Wagner debut as Lohengrin’s Elsa in May.

Christian Thielemann will conduct the production in Dresden. He’ll make sure she speaks good German.

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Two players in Musica Aeterna, an ensemble directed by Teodor Currentzis, were involved in a two-car collision on the road from Perm to Ekaterinburg.

Vladimir Garushka, an outstanding horn player from Minsk, was killed on the spot. He was 31.

His companion, the cellist Anna Morozova, 24, was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Anna is a prizewinner in several international competitions

The driver of the other vehicle was arrested ‘in a state of alcoholic intoxication’.

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