Agence France-Presse

BERLIN, October 1 (AFP) ó Britain's most accomplished conductor, Sir Simon Rattle, is expecting a baby with his new companion, Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozen·, the mass-market daily Bild reported Friday [1 October].
Rattle, who is artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic, left his second wife, 45-year-old American author Candace Allen, for Kozen·, 31, earlier this year. Bild said Kozen· was three months pregnant.
Kozen· separated from her husband, French baritone Vincent Le Texier, and moved from Paris to Berlin to be with the 49-year-old Rattle, who made his name with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra before taking up his post with the world-renowned orchestra in the German capital in 2002.
Rattle, a native of Liverpool, was previously married to American soprano Elise Ross, but they divorced in 1995. They have two sons, aged 13 and 19. Kozen· is one of Europe's most sought-after classical vocalists.

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