More crime news: Vienna Opera baritone is called in murder trial

More crime news: Vienna Opera baritone is called in murder trial


norman lebrecht

October 15, 2021

Vienna awaits the imminent trial of two men who are accused of murdering a well-known downtown jeweller a year ago.

The suspects – known as Ali G. and Dzejlan N – also took a crowbar to a promising young baritone who bellowed them off his premises with heart-rending cries for help.

The unnamed baritone is a key prosecution witness.

This is Wiener Blut as reality TV.

With shades of The Third Man.

Full story here.


  • Barry Guerrero says:

    Very sad, but it could (and does) happen in any city, anywhere in the world. Jewelers are an obvious target. Yes, the baritone angle gives this case a different look. You wouldn’t expect this on Landstrasse in the Third District either. Still, I hardly see the “Third Man” connection, which had to do with crimes of the post-war black market.

  • Nik says:

    Ali G..?

  • Herbie G says:

    Life imitates art…

  • John Borstlap says:

    Vienna stands at the top of the citeis which have the best quality of life.

    Ali and Dzejlan thought so too, from a different point of view. But they had not count on the power of classical music in the city.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    I think this is called ‘cultural enrichment’. By shallow people, that is.