Soprano Hurt in Fall During 'Faust' at Met Opera

Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 08:14 PM

The Finale of Gounod's 'Faust' at the Metropolitan Opera (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

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.

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Dec. 19 2011 02:54 PM
Craig Heard from NY, NY

Quite frankly, I'm surprised that there weren't any serious injuries during the most recent Ring Cycle. Apart from being bad, these sets are extremely dangerous requiring performers to effectively walk on elevated planks well off the surface of the stage. These are singers and performers, not acrobats. They shouldn't be required to put life and limb in jeopardy to display a flawed vision of Wagner.

Dec. 19 2011 09:48 AM
Gev Sweeney from Ocean Grove, New Jersey

What a ghastly thing! I hope Ms. White is okay and won't be afraid to return to that particular production. Meanwhile, I can't help wondering whether productions are getting too physically chancy, and how much ticket prices will be influenced by rises in liability insurance.

Dec. 19 2011 05:58 AM

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