Virus hits Hamburg’s new hall

Virus hits Hamburg’s new hall


norman lebrecht

January 16, 2017

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.


  • frenchman says:

    good to know ! those are the real news we need in the world .. omg ..

    • Vienna calling says:

      Good to know that you have time and energy to read and write about what you’re not interested in… omg.

  • John Borstlap says:

    It may have been strategic colds on seeing pictures of the building.

  • Cosi says:

    Well, if they will insist on opening it in January…

  • Olassus says:

    Hanna-Elisabeth Müller = preferable to Camilla Tilling, no harsh edge!

  • Jim says:

    Glad you carrier pigeon finally arrived with this news from 5 days ago.