Covent Garden presents silent singer tonight

Covent Garden presents silent singer tonight


norman lebrecht

January 18, 2017

The baritone Christopher Purves has a throat infection and cannot sing in tonight’s Written on Skin.

Good trouper that he is, he will act the part while James Cleverton sings from the wings.


  • SDG says:

    5 years ago Peter Coleman-Wright was ill and unable to sing Beckmesser. On that occasion he acted the role on stage and the part was sung from the wings by … Christopher Purves.

  • Operafan says:

    He sounded pretty croaky on Friday night…

  • Simon says:

    And very well sung it was too

  • Colin G says:

    Does Norman mean “trouper”?

  • Una says:

    Where is the under study? Again, why is this happening?