Raphael Wallfisch tells us he recorded it last April in Berlin for CPO and is awaiting release.
Brinton Averil Smith, who gave the second public performance this weekend in Houston, is recording it for Naxos.
Lost no more, then.
A report in the Italian magazine Classic Voice says it must be La Scala, where online tickets are selling for 300 Euros.
This statistic is quoted with delight by the Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper, which has no love left for Las Scala’s boss, the former Salzburg director Alexander Pereira.
However, you don’t have to look very far to find opera tickets tickets priced at 516 Euros for the current Salzburg Festival.
So what, then, is the most expensive opera ticket you have ever seen (or paid for)?
Update: Mauro Balestrazzi, author of the report, has been in touch. He says: ‘We examined three different lists: the ticket prices in the Italian opera houses (the most expensive, La Scala: 250 Euros); the ticket prices in the most important European opera houses (the most expensive, Teatro Real, Madrid: 355 Euros); the most important European opera festival (the most expensive Salzburg Festival: 450 Euros).
Then, we tried to buy tickets (a seat in the stalls) on the internet for a new production of the current season in some of the most important european theaters. La Scala is the most expensive because the tickets purchased through internet are subject to a 20% booking fee, so a ticket for a seat in the stalls costs 300 Euros; and because it does not have different rates for the seats in the stall (like many other theatres have).
The second movement of Mahler’s 4th symphony has a notorious concertmaster solo in it. It’s not a super-technical or virtuosic solo, but it’s a solo that requires some planning beyond just practicing it.