“Expressive and even of line,
with an apparent spontaneity
in the melismatic flourishes”
(Stephen Francis Vasta, operanews)
Data provided by you: As a rule the use of this site is possible without the declaration of personal data. If personal data (name, postal address or email address) are collected within our website, this is done, as far as possible, on a voluntary basis. We only use the personal details provided by you to carry out your wishes and requests.
Automatically collected data: For reasons of data security and for the purposes of optimizing user-friendliness and for site- and user centric measurement, we also collect temporary non-personal data in connection with the use of our website. For example, the internet browser used, the operating system, the domain name of the website you last visited before accessing our website, the number of visits and the average time spent on our website, as well as the pages you accessed, are stored.
Data collection on our website:
We do not collect contact data.
content data for example: text, graphics, photos, movies
usage data for example: the number of visits, the users' access behaviour, the average time spent on the site
meta-/communication data: used devices, IP addresses
Who does it apply to: visitors and users of our website
Deletion of data and storage period: The collected data will be deleted or blocked as soon as the reason for storing it no longer applies. Longer storage periods may apply as required by European or national law. Data will also be deleted or blocked once a storage period established by the abovementioned standards comes to an end, unless the data must continue to be stored for the purpose of concluding or executing a contract.
SSL encryption: This site uses SSL encryption for security reasons and for the protection of the transmission of confidential content, such as the inquiries you send to us as the site operator. You can recognize an encrypted connection in your browser's address line when it changes from "http://" to "https://" and the lock icon is displayed in your browser's address bar. If SSL encryption is activated, the data you transfer to us cannot be read by third parties.
Contact: Should you send us questions via email, we will collect the data, including the contact details you provide, to answer your question and any follow-up questions. We do not share this information without your permission.
We would like to point out that data transmission on the Internet (for example, when communicating via e-mail) may involve security gaps. A seamless protection of data against access by third parties is not possible.
Cookies and web beacons: Our website use browser cookies and web beacons. Cookies do not cause any harm on your computer. They are small files with configuration settings that help us to make our online services user-friendlier, more effective and more secure. Moreover, cookies serve to implement certain user functions.
Our website use “session cookies”, which are automatically deleted when the browser is closed. Occasionally, they also use “persistent cookies”, which remain on your device until they expire or are manually deleted. The latter enable us to recognize your browser at your next visit. For details on “third party cookies”, i.e. cookies of third-party providers, such as Google Inc., please refer to the privacy rules of such providers. You can adjust your browser or the privacy settings of your mobile devices to be notified whenever a cookie is sent to your device so that you can decide whether or not to allow a cookie on a case-by-case basis. You can also disable the acceptance of cookies, in certain cases only or by default, and activate the automatic deletion of copies every time you close your browser. However, you should bear in mind that some functions of our online services may not be fully accessible if you deactivate cookies.
Moreover, we use web beacons, also called page tags, to analyze the effectiveness of our website. Web beacons are small strings of code that are placed in a Web page. Because a Web beacon is only 1 pixel high by 1 pixel wide, it appears invisible on your computer screen. Such information helps us to improve our contents to user needs. Some of the web beacons we use on our website are from third parties that help us serve content and communicate with you and measure the impact of our website. Such third parties include for example Addthis (provided by AddThis, Inc.). These data only are evaluated statistically and not connected with person obtained data.
Use of social media plugins
Facebook: This website uses social plugins (“plugins”) from the social network facebook.com, provided by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). You can identify the Facebook plugins by the use of one of the Facebook logos (white “f” on a blue tile or a “thumbs up” symbol), or by the use of the phrase “Facebook Social Plugin.” The list and appearance of Facebook social plugins can be reviewed here: developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins. When you visit a page on our website that contains such a plugin, your browser creates a direct connection to the Facebook servers. Facebook transmits the content of the plugin directly to your browser and integrates it into the website. Therefore we do not have any influence on the scope of the data that Facebook collects using this plugin, and we are informing you according to the information available to us: The integrated plugins inform Facebook that you visited the corresponding page on our website. If you are logged into your Facebook account, Facebook can link the visit to your Facebook account. If you interact with the plugins, for instance by clicking on the “Like” button or leaving a comment, the corresponding information is transmitted by your browser directly to Facebook and saved there. If you do not have a Facebook account, there is still a possibility that Facebook may obtain and save your IP address. The purpose and scope of data collection and the further processing and use of this data by Facebook, as well as your rights and setting options to protect your privacy in this regard, can be found in the Facebook data use policy: www.facebook.com/policy.php. If you have a Facebook account and do not want Facebook to collect data about you via our website and link it to your account data that is saved on Facebook, please log out of your Facebook account before visiting our website. It is also possible to block Facebook Social Plugins with add-ons for your browser, for instance with the Facebook Blocker.
AddThis: Our website employs the bookmark service addthis.com. AddThis is a service of Clearspring Technologies Inc., 8000 Westpark Drive, Suite 625, McLean, VA 2210, USA. Each time our website receives an access request equipped with an AddThis component, the component prompts your browser to download an image of this component from AddThis. Through this process, AddThis is informed exactly which page of our website is being accessed. In addition, addthis.com also records your IP address, browser type, browser language, the website previously accessed as well as the date and time you visited the site and uses this data to compile an anonymized user profile. This data allows AddThis and its partner companies to direct targeted personalized ads at website users based on their particular interests. The display of advertising material occurs based on a browser cookie put in place by addthis.com, which analyzes user interaction with the website. You can permanently prevent addthis.com from placing a cookie on your browser by downloading and installing the opt-out cookie available at the following link: http://www.addthis.com/privacy/opt-out. You should be aware, however, that by doing so you may not be able to make full use of all the functions of our website. You can find the data privacy policies for AddThis at the following internet address, along with information about the collection and use of data by AddThis: http://www.addthis.com/privacy/privacy-policy
YouTube: Our website uses plugins from YouTube, which is operated by Google. The operator of the pages is YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. If you visit one of our pages featuring a YouTube plugin, a connection to the YouTube servers is established. Here the YouTube server is informed about which of our pages you have visited. If you're logged in to your YouTube account, YouTube allows you to associate your browsing behavior directly with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account. YouTube is used to help make our website appealing. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO. Further information about handling user data, can be found in the data protection declaration of YouTube under https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy.
Your rights regarding your data: You always have the right to request information about your stored data, its origin, its recipients, and the purpose of its collection at no charge. You also have the right to request that it be corrected, blocked, or deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address given in the legal notice if you have further questions about the issue of privacy and data protection. You may also, of course, file a complaint with the competent regulatory authorities.
c/o Ulrike Wilckens
Johannisplatz 3 a