BING GONG

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

In his re­view of the Hamp­stead The­atre pro­duc­tion of The Mod­er­ate So­prano ( JC, Nov 6), John Nathan states that Carl Ebert was Jewish. This is not cor­rect. Ebert was the il­le­git­i­mate son of an Ir­ish-Amer­i­can mu­sic stu­dent (Mary Collins) and a Pol­ish Count (An­ton Po­tulicky). Ebert ac­quired his sur­name from the Ger­man couple who adopted him.

Of the tri­umvi­rate of Ger­man exiles that John Christie em­ployed to launch the Glyn­de­bourne Fes­ti­val Opera, only Ru­dolf Bing was Jewish. Bing also played a cru­cial role in the found­ing of the Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val and was gen­eral man­ager of the New York Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera House for 22 years. Knighted by the Queen in 1971 for his ser­vices to the arts, Bing died in 1997, aged 95. Ian Mur­ray Il­ford, Es­sex.

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