Berlin opera chief survives horse fall

Berlin opera chief survives horse fall


norman lebrecht

November 28, 2019

Jürgen Flimm, former intendant of the Berlin Staatsoper, has let it be known that he’s lucky to be alive, albeit walking with a stick.

Flimm, 78, fell off his horse while out riding on his farm in July. He suffered a double femoral neck fracture, underwent five operations and spent almost two months in five different hospitals.

The horse is called Pavarotti. No word on its condition.



  • Tamino says:

    Is it a high horse?

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Sounds like the horse was more spry than the singer….

  • Calvin says:

    Pavarotti compared singing to horse riding because in both one needs to know where the double fences are. I guess Flimm missed one.

  • Jamesay says:

    Norman, am pretty certain if you’d been covering the sinking of the Titanic you’d be the only person asking after the state of the iceberg !!!