Opera near-disaster: Singer is injured in Paris Tosca

Opera near-disaster: Singer is injured in Paris Tosca


norman lebrecht

September 17, 2016

The French bass-baritone Jean-Philippe Lafont has been injured in a fall while singing the role of Sacristan in the general rehearsal of the Paris Opera production of Tosca.

He has been invalided out of the entire run.

Unlike star performers, he will not be paid for the rehearsals he has attended.

Lafont, 65, is replaced by Francis Budziak.

On social media, he said it was a ‘terrible shock… we came very close to catastrophe’. But he has been hugely encouraged by messages of support from across the singing profession.

We wish him a rapid recovery.




  • Vincent says:

    There is a very good protection of workers in France, and if the accident is considered “accident de travail” Jean-Philippe Lafont will get his fee for the performances he will not sing because of this accident!

  • Una says:

    Yes, I hope so too. That’s terrible to fall in a production and then risk living on free air as a result.

  • Eric B says:

    It’s Francis Dudziak (and not Budziak)….