Schubertiade spokesman Karl Frei anxiously insists the two elements in the story are not connected. 'Mr Fischer-Dieskau did not appear in his second concert because he had a bad cold.' Frei confirmed, though, that Fischer-Dieskau informed the festival of his cancellation only after his return to Berlin.
As to the lecture incident? 'The problem was with a woman who we understand has been a great fan of Mr Fischer-Dieskau over many years. We believe she felt he had not shown enough recognition of this - she was saying she would die because of that, or something. But what can he do? He has thousands of fans, as you know. But this incident did not upset him at all.'Reuse content