Is there a singer in the house? Tenor saves man’s life at SalzburgNews
A member of the Vienna State Opera’s young singers ensemble was watching Elektra at Salzburg when he became aware that the elderly man in the seat next to him was seriously unwell.
‘He rolled his eyes and gasped for air,’ says Angelo Pollak, who leaped from his seat and ran for the exit. ‘I thought he was dying. I’ve never run so fast in my life… yelled at the ushers to get a doctor right away.’ Paramedics were instantly on the scene and the suffering man was rushed to hospital. Pollak was congratulated and given a schnapps.
Last month, Pollak stepped in to the same Elektra production in Vienna after another tenor fell sick.