Memphis Opera Singer Performs After Being Shot

Monday, October 31, 2011 - 12:00 AM

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.

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Comments [4]

Fred Plotkin

E avanti a lei trema tutta Memphis

Nov. 13 2011 10:40 PM
P. Fanning from NY

Having listerned to Ms Hartman , I realize the priviledge of hearing her sing.
How about St.Cecilia as a patron saint for musicians..

Nov. 04 2011 08:36 AM
concetta nardone from Elmont, NY

Thank God she is alright. Do not know if there is a patron saint for singers. No one is safe. Bad world. Thank God for great music to bring a little light into it. What a dreary place the world would be.

Nov. 03 2011 02:08 PM
D Tremper from NJ

Thanks for posting this traumatic news. Thank God her life was spared.
Shepherds are known for not only their mellifluous song, but their courage in face of thieves, and so it seems it is for Ms Hartman, Tosca's shepherd boy.

Oct. 31 2011 03:41 PM

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