I have always wanted a faux fur, and now at last I have a gorgeous one. It received the ultimate compliment last night when a young man accosted me in the street in Zurich. I pretended not to speak German so he would go away, but when he said the words "pelz Mantel," I knew what the problem was. I said, "It's not real," and this made him happy.
When I lived in Germany so many years ago I had a real one to help me withstand the German winters. My faux one is nice and warm.
My bad luck is holding. Oliver Widmer has cancelled for health reasons. The Sunday performance of Semele was in the afternoon, while I was on the train. I'm getting a cold.
Alcina, Royal Academy Opera, 26 October 2016
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