Vienna awoke this morning to the smell of coffee and the whiff of an offence to one of its most cherished rituals.
Franz Welser-Möst, music director of the opera, has declined, with all appropriate courtesies and regrets, to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Thursday and Friday night’s see-and-be-seen grand annual Opera Ball.
He’s not feeling well, apparently.
His last-minute replacements will be Peter Schneider and Paul Weigold.
Vienna is, as ever, agog with rumour.
In sympathy with the absent maestro, Slipped Disc has likewise declined its invitation to the dance. Too busy.