The Birmingham conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla tells the Times today that she caught Covid-19 as early as February and, while doctors assured her she was not infected, brought it to her orchestra the following month.
‘Our principal cellist, Eduardo Vassallo – I guess I brought the stuff to him. And he was very ill, in hospita, and put on a ventilator.’
During the hiatus, Mirga appears to have got married. She refers several times to ‘my husband’ without naming him. The reason they are based in Salzburg, she says, is to stay close to his children by a previous marriage.