Soprano Hurt in Fall During 'Faust' at Met Opera
Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 08:14 PM
Update: Mezzo-soprano Wendy White was released from St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan on Sunday, after undergoing tests for possible injuries sustained from a fall of eight feet on the set of the Metropolitan Opera's Faust Saturday night. The New York Times reports that White is now recuperating at home. It is not clear how soon she will be able to perform. A Met spokesmen said she suffered only bruises, no broken bones.
White was performing the role of Marthe when she fell from a platform to the stage during Saturday's performance. Met spokesman Peter Clark said in a statement that she fell as she entered backstage during Act III onto a platform that is connected to the scenery.
The Times reported that she was walking onto a platform from a staircase behind René Pape who was playing Méphistophélès, when "a clattering sound was heard and she disappeared from view." Pape reportedly yelled, "Curtain! Curtain!" and the show stopped. There was an intermission and a source to opera blog Parterre Box said the show was delayed 40 minutes.
White was seen by the house doctor and taken by ambulance to the hospital.
The performance resumed with Theodora Hanslowe substituting in the role of Marthe.
With the Associated Press