Believe it: A Boston concertgoer is brought back from the dead

Believe it: A Boston concertgoer is brought back from the dead


norman lebrecht

December 10, 2018

Zoë Madonna has a terrific story in the Boston Globe about an elderly concertgoer who suffered cardiac arrest in mid-performance, was seen slumped by the musicians and was saved by four doctors in the house.

We laid her on the floor and asked for 911 to be called, and [a defibrillator], and began CPR,” Stack said. The four physicians, all women, surrounded Christiansen. Stack monitored her for a heartbeat while another doctor started chest compressions, the third performed rescue breaths, and the fourth, the last to arrive, monitored another pulse point.

After two minutes of CPR, Stack felt a strong pulse. Shortly afterward,  Christiansen started gasping and moving, and she opened her eyes….

Read on here.



  • Algot says:

    Good news. But also disconcerting. When I die, I wish it would happen during a concert, preferably with the BSO or the BPO, no resurrection, please!

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    See; great music IS good for you!!!!! In every way.

  • Doug says:

    “…music of Purcell and Elgar.”

    Let me guess, she ‘died’ during Elgar and came back to life hearing Purcell.

  • Sara says:

    Play Clare Grundman’s Irish Rhapsody for those beanotowners!

  • Michael says:

    Considering how old the audiences are, it’s surprising this sort of thing doesn’t happen more often than it does.

  • Mick the Knife says:

    If classical music wasn’t elitist, there might have been four undertakers in the audience rather than four doctors. Good news, anyway!

  • Nata says:

    A lady who sat in front of me in the movie theatre during Met in HD broadcast of Verdi’s Otello (a few years ago) had died during the last act. We did not realize it until she did not move when the lights were turned on. She went for a coffee during the intermission and did not wake up after the curtain call. She went quietly while enjoying herself. That’s the way to go!

  • ThrownOutOfTheKremlinForSinging says:

    Apropos of this, here’s my favorite hypothetical “Jeopardy!” question (I wrote it myself and sent it to their web-site, but they don’t accept outside contributions):

    CATEGORY: Opera characters

    CLUE: In one very influential opera, this title-character gets resurrected from death TWICE.

    Here’s the answer, in mirror-writing so as not to give it away:

    ?ecidiruE si ohW