Has the New York Times got the right Nicolai?

Has the New York Times got the right Nicolai?


norman lebrecht

February 11, 2017

The main picture in the New York Times obituary of Nicolai Gedda looks remarkably like Nicolai Ghiaurov, some readers are suggesting.

Surely not….


  • Wiener says:

    Natürlich ist es Ghiaurov Siehe Google Bilder

  • Bruce says:

    “Correction: February 11, 2017

    A photograph was published in error with an earlier version of this obituary. It showed the Bulgarian bass Nicolai Ghiaurov, not Mr. Gedda.”

    • Olassus says:

      Ah, the failing New York Times!

      • Edgar Brenninkmeyer says:

        The failure is breathtaking indeed. It needs a Trump to shock the NYTimes into becoming a serious outlet again. Of course, that won’t happen in its arts section…

        • Nick says:


          I wish you were right and I hope you are. I think even Trump can save neither the NYTimes nor CNN or any other institution in the same lovely group from the shame these institutions brought upon themselves during the past 10-15 years.

  • John says:

    The Daily Telegraph website made the same mistake (but with a picture in costume this time):


  • Nick says:

    IT is not the first lie of the NYTimes. At least this one is not deliberate.

    Of course, it is a brilliant Bulgarian Bass, late Nicolai Ghiaurov in this photo. But for NYTimes this matters little. Bass, tenor, Italian, Bulgarian, Gedda, Ghiaurov – who cares. They are NYTimes – millions of idiots read and believe whatever they print.

  • Nick says:

    Author: Joel stein
    And dozens of idiots contribute to this site.

    @Joel Stein

    including Mr. Joel Stein, of course.

  • luciano tanto says:

    …questo o quello, per me pari sono.

  • Marshall says:

    First they were late with the obit. Maybe in this case they just wanted to be sure given some of the rumors of recent years. In addition there was that strange fact that Gedda had died the month before and the family didn’t release it until last week. But that does not excuse the NYT.

    When I first looked at it-I thought it looks like Ghiaurov-and it’s King Phillip not young Don Carlo. Well it’s the NYT-and then I thought well it’s not what used to be the NYT so why accept what you know to me incorrect. Then they took 48 hrs. to correct it and apologize. I know obits are prepared in advance, but there was a time when people writing them might have actually been to an opera! (haven’t they also announced a new policy of less coverage for live events)

    Mistakes happen, but it is such a frequent occurrence over there, and coupled with its outrageous news coverage since J Goebbels took over as editor, after 50 yrs. I am canceling my subscription. Lebrecht will be pleased; he’s been a foe of the paper for years.