Just in: US soprano faints on Scala stage, then gets up and sings on

La Repubblica reports that the American soprano Kristin Lewis collapsed on stage in the penultimate performance of Porgy and Bess, was treated by a doctor in full view of the audience and resumed the role after an eight-minute gap. Apparently, they couldn’t lower the curtain because she lay at the front, beneath the proscenium.

She announced to the audience, ‘I’m fine. The show must go on’.

The faint was caused by low blood-pressure, according to the report.


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