Stafford Hartman, a soprano and artist in residence at Memphis Opera, performed from a wheelchair during Saturday night's performance of Tosca at the company. Three days earlier she was shot in her right knee and a bullet grazed her left ear as she was robbed outside her home in Memphis's Cooper-Young neighborhood.
The robbery took place Wednesday night at 10 pm she was returning from a rehearsal of Tosca, in which she has an off-stage role as the voice of a shepherd boy.
"He said give me all of your stuff," Hartman told the Memphis Commercial-Appeal on Friday. "I just said no; I don't know why," said Hartman, who is bedridden now and will need crutches for about six weeks. The suspect fled the scene.
A native of Lexington, Ky., Hartman was recently named a winner in the West Tennessee district of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She is currently an Artist Diploma candidate at the University of Memphis music school.
“We're proud of her,” Memphis Opera general director Ned Canty told WREG, a local television station. “She's brave. She's really a living example of the old saying, ‘The show must go on’.”
Police informed Hartman Friday that her case hadn't been solved.