Alarm as international soprano collapses in mid-ariamain
A performance of Benjamin Godard’s rarely-revived Dante at Versailles was halted last night after the French soprano Véronique Gens collapsed on stage.
A critic for forumopera.com, Laurent Bury, writes that Véronique, 49, appeared to lose her voice during a climactic aria. She then collapsed onto a desk, her head on her chest. A mezzo-soprano signalled for medical assistance, the performance stopped and the house was cleared.
Bury reports that the cause was a sudden drop in blood pressure.
We wish Véronique a speedy recovery.