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Lady Rattle yields to Plain Jane

On the way to Birmingham for a Why Mahler? talk, followed by Das Lied von der Erde, I hear that Magdalena Kozena, mother of the youngest Rattles, has cried off.

 

The Czech mezzo had difficulty with the voice, I’m told, at the first performance in Aldebuurgh on Friday and Jane Irwin had to drive 250 miles to get there as there as standby. Here, she’s the main act.

Madge is out, Jane in. Should be interesting. Will let you know.

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