While the professional lives of performing artists the world over have been difficult both emotionally and financially, three of our friends have particularly welcome news to offer.

On July 9th, Icelandic bass Unnsteinn Árnason and his fiancée Veronika welcomed their daughter Ylfa Eik Unnsteinnsdottir to our world.

Russian mezzo-soprano Taisiya Albani (née Labetskaya) missed out on part of her first season at the Theater St. Gallen when Covid-19 hit, but we are certain the joy of her marriage and of the birth of her daughter Augusta, on July 31st, will more than make up for that disappointment.

Last but not least, our best wishes accompany soprano Ilia Staple her husband Alvin, and in particular their new son Maximilian, born on August 5th!