Singer falls eight feet from Met stage. One accident too many this year

Wendy White is stable in hospital, according to latest reports. She was singing the role of Marthe in Gounod’s Faust when her platform collapsed.

(Wendy is bottom right)

(René Pape (left) as Méphistophélès duets with mezzo Wendy White.
Photo by Ken Howard © 2011 The Metropolitan Opera.)

UPDATE: more details here.

Earlier this year, Deborah Voigt and Eve Gigliotti narrowly avoided serious accident in Die Walküre. On another occasion, Robert Lepage’s set jammed in mid-turn, endangering Ms Voigt.

Time for Mayor Bloomberg to send in his healthy and safety inspectors? The Met’s becoming quite an insurance risk for singers.

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