Friends of the countertenor David Daniels have sent us this post from his Facebook page:
Yesterday I flew to Hamburg via Amsterdam arriving into Amsterdam at 6am. 6 years ago a work visa to S. America had come loose from a page in my passport and I removed it. A customs agent in Amsterdam asked me what had been on that page and took me to a private security office. After 2 hours of questioning and missing my flight to Hamburg I was told that the document (my passport) was fraudulent and had two choices. 1) Be arrested and taken to a Dutch prison until a court hearing or 2) be on the next flight home to the USA. At 8:30am I was on a flight home to Detroit. I haven’t slept in 34 hours! NIGHTMARE!!!!
What a terrible way to treat a fine artist. Please tell all your fellow-fliers to make sure their passports are in immaculate condition. And be very, very polite to border and customs officials. Especially in Holland and Germany. It’s getting frigid out there.
And if there are any arts journalists left in Holland, please ask the appropriate questions. This incident does no credit to the country.
UPDATE FROM THE GERMAN SIDE: Der Liederabend mit David Daniels am morgigen Donnerstag, 29.11.2012, muss leider verschoben werden. Grund dafür sind Komplikationen bei der Einreise des Künstlers in die EU aufgrund eines Formfehlers. Der Liederabend wird baldmöglichst nachgeholt. Bereits erworbene Tickets behalten ihre Gültigkeit oder können bei der Konzertkasse Gerdes zurückgegeben werden. Wir bitten um Ihr Verständnis.