Speaking as a PR-type, nothing is more certain to make my internal organs do somersaults than the possibility—remote as it is—of someone getting injured on our stage. Live theater is a grand and glorious and rather dangerous business. We do everything possible, of course, to anticipate trouble spots and prevent accidents, but they do happen, nevertheless, and once in a great while result in tragic consequences. Such appears to be the case at the Metrpolitan Opera where mezzo-soprano Wendy White is (evidently reluctantly) suing the company following her shocking plummet to the stage when a platform collapsed during a December 2011 performance of Gounod’s “Faust.”
Since the accident, Ms. White has undergone therapy but her lawyer says she has lost her ability to sing opera, effectively ending her career.
So terribly sad for all concerned. Here’s more from the “Daily News.”
Suzanne Calvin, Director of Media and Public Relations