A minute’s silence at Royal Opera for lost chorister

There was an unscheduled break in today’s Pagliacci rehearsal at Covent Garden.

Cast and chorus were called to the side-stage and chorus director Renato Balsadonna broke the news very sensitively that Joan Carroll, friend and colleague, had died the night before of cancer.

Joan was a fine singer, actress and larger than life personality who was loved by all and, in the last months of her illness, deeply missed.

May she rest in peace.

joan carroll

photo (c) Neil Gillespie

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