Virus hits Hamburg’s new hallmain
Amid the opening jubilations, the Elbphilharmonie suffered two last-minute cancellations.
The Swedish soprano Camilla Tilling phoned in sick for Beethoven’s Ninth, and the composer Wolfgang Rihm who wrote a consecration piece was unable to hear it due to illness.
Hanna-Elisabeth Müller flew in from Mannheim just in time to fill out the Beethoven quartet.
The hall had previously lost Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros for opening night.