Agence France-Presse

Britain's most accomplished conductor, Sir Simon Rattle, has had a baby boy with his new companion, Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozen·, the mass-market daily Bild reported on Thursday [March 10].
Baby Jonas, weighing in at four kilograms, was born on Tuesday [March 8] in an exclusive clinic in the Austrian city of Salzburg, which Bild pointed out was the hometown of one of Rattle's favourite composers, Mozart.
Rattle, 50, who is artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic, left his second wife, American author Candace Allen, for Kozen·, 31, last year.
Kozen· separated from her husband, French baritone Vincent Le Texier, and moved from Paris to Berlin to be with 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.
Kozena is one of Europe's most sought-after classical vocalists. A spokesman for the Berlin Philharmonic said he could not comment on personal matters.

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